Bill Clements: Texian to His Toenails by Carolyn Barta

By Carolyn Barta

In 1978, William P. Clements, Jr., was once elected the 1st Republican governor of Texas seeing that Reconstruction. Defeated for reelection, he regained the seat 4 years later, serving a complete of 8 years, longer than the other Texas governor.
In a kingdom identified for its exact political figures, invoice Clements is among the so much colourful. He as soon as wrote, "Many symbolize Texans as being of 1 breed - Maverick. possibly this evaluate is true." It used to be real of invoice Clements. As former President George Bush stated, "When you return in because the first Republican governor given that Reconstruction, you have to holiday a bit china."
Clements proved Republican may well get elected to the state's best activity and that possible functionality within the usually Democratic Texas kingdom executive. "Clements might be judged as one in every of a handful of Texas' most vital governors.... He was once most likely the catalyst that hastened the emergence of Republicans as a plausible celebration down now to the courthouses," stated George Shipley, a Democratic advisor in Austin.
But invoice Clements' existence tale isn't just that of a governor and political trailblazer. the place most folk are lucky to achieve one occupation, Clements succeeded in 3. From an preliminary funding in rusty rigs, he outfitted a multimillion-dollar oil drilling contracting corporation famous because the chief within the off-shore undefined. Spanning the times from oilfield roughneck as a tender guy to a livestock raiser in retirement, invoice Clements' biography is a couple of man's lifestyles tale. it is also a bankruptcy within the historical past of a kingdom. Clements personifies alterations that have been taking place in Texas, politically and economically.

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But we don't talk about that. JAMES A.  Bill Hobby at the 1978 inauguration. Page xi INTRODUCTION William P. , was nearing the end of his second four-year term as governor of Texas when he agreed to let journalism scholarship funds be raised at his expense at the annual Press Club of Dallas "Roast" in 1989. " He had endured endless jokes about his inexplicable taste for loud plaid sport coats, his irascible personality, his outspokenness, his sense of self. " This was the governor, Pickens reminded, who had termed the Ixtoc I oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico "much ado about nothing" and advised waiting for a hurricane to blow it out to sea.

1 Was Bill Clements a legend in his own mind, or would he prove to be a pivotal figure in Texas history? Future scholars may ponder that question, and this book should serve to open the inquiry. Certainly, he is a Texan with a colorful life story, a man who achieved personal success in both business and in politics. , and a self-made millionaire. Then he carved out a career in public lifeserving as deputy secretary of defense before his partisan breakthrough that ended more than 100 years of Democratic domination of the Texas governorship.

John Clements, who was born on a farm outside of Waynesboro, died in North Carolina near the Cumberland Gap after being wounded in the last days of the American Revolution, fighting the British and Indians. He was buried in North Carolina. His wife's name was Elizabeth. They are well documented in Virginia and, according to family lore, John Clements' roots in Virginia go back to Page 15 Jamestown, where the first Clements was listed as one of the founders with his wife and children. There are, however, no records of the generation of John's mother and father.

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