- Jim Hogg
James Stephen "Big Jim" Hogg (
March 24, 1851ndash March 3, 1906) was a Texas lawyerand statesman, and the Governor of Texas. He was born near Rusk, Texas. Hogg is often remembered for naming his daughter Ima Hogg, an odd name which derived from a poem written by James' brother, Thomas Elisha Hogg. The rumor that she had a sister named "Ura" is an urban legend.
Hogg was a follower of the conservative
New South Creedwhich became popular following the U.S. Civil War. He was also associated with populism.
Hogg was born in
Cherokee County, Texas. His parents, Joseph Lewis Hogg and Lucanda McMath had moved to Texas in late 1836.citation|last=Cotner|first=Robert C.|title=James Stephen Hogg|publisher= Handbook of Texas|url=http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho17.html|accessdate=2007-09-25] During the Civil War, his father served as a major general in the Confederate States Army. Joseph Hogg died in 1862, and Lucanda died the following year. Hogg and his two brothers were raised by their sister, Frances. The family had little money, and Hogg received only a basic education before being asked to go to work.Hendrickson (1995), p. 120.]
In 1866, Hogg went to
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to study. Upon returning to Texas, he became a printer's devilat the "Rusk Chronicle". In 1867, Hogg walked from East Texasto Cleburne, where he found a job with the "Cleburne Chronicle". Soon after his arrival the building which housed the "Chronicle" burned down, and Hogg returned to East Texas. For the next several years he worked as a farmhand and studied law. He later ran the "Longview News" and founded the "Quitman News".
In 1873, Hogg was named
Justice of the Peaceat Quitman. The following year he married Sarah Ann Stinson. They had four children, Will (1875), Ima (1882), Mike (1885), and Tom (1887). Ima was named for the heroine of the novel "The Fate of Marvin", written by Hogg's older brother Tom in 1873.Hendrickson (1995), p. 130.] Although legend states that the Hoggs also had a daughter named Ura, that allegation is false.
In 1876, he was defeated by
John S. Griffithfor a seat in the Texas legislature. He returned to public service in 1878 when he was elected Wood County's attorney, and he went on to serve from 1880 to 1884 as Texas's seventh district's attorney.
Hogg was one of the men responsible for making Smith County a Democratic stronghold during the 1884 national elections, as he helped convince the black vote for the Democratic party. Although encouraged to run for a seat in the
United States Congress, Hogg declined and practiced law in Tyler.
Hogg was elected state Attorney General in 1886 with the platform of railroad regulation reform. At that time, the state had the power to regulate the transportation industry, but existing laws were either unenforced or inadequate. Through "various legal maneuvers", Hogg forced the out–of–state corporations operating the railroads to establish operating offices in the state.Hendrickson (1995), p. 122.] He also put an end to pooling by the railroads and suggested that the legislature propose a
constitutional amendmentto create the Railroad Commission of Texas. In 1888 Hogg sued the rail companies for attempting to create a monopoly, among other charges. Hogg won, defeating the powerful rail baron Jay Gouldand creating for himself a name in Texas politics
Hogg also endeavored to reign in abuses by other large
corporations. He tackled the "wildcat" insurance companies, forcing several of them to leave the state and requiring others to operate within the parameters of the law. Under his guidance, Texas became the second state to pass a workable antitrust law.
With the support of farmers, ranchers, and small merchants, Hogg won the election for
Governor of Texasin 1890. At the same time, voters approved the constitutional amendment allowing for a Railroad Commission by a wide margin. On April 3, 1891, the legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to create the Railroad Commission. Hogg appointed the three members, with U.S. SenatorJohn H. Reagan, creator of the Interstate Commerce Act, as chairman. [Hendrickson (1995), p. 123.]
Hogg campaigned for a second term in 1892 on five principles: to uphold the state constitution, to support the Railroad Commission, to stop the railroads from issuing watered
stocks, to regulate the issuance of county and municipal bonds, and to regulate alien land ownership.Hendrickson (1995), p. 124.] When his opponent for the Democratic nomination, George Clark, realized that Hogg would likely win the nomination, Clark's supporters left the Democratic convention and went to a new location. There they formed a new party, the Jeffersonian Democrats, and nominated Clark for governor. Hogg was easily nominated as the Democratic candidate by the remaining delegates.
The Republican Party endorsed Clark, and the
Populist Partyalso nominated a candidate. Hogg won a pluralityof the votes to gain a second term as governor, but it was the first time in state history that the winning Democratic candidate did not receive a majority of the votes.
During his second term, Hogg endorsed three constitutional amendments. Voters defeated the proposals to charter state banks and to provide a
pensionfor indigent Confederate veterans, but approved the amendment to allow for public election of the railroad commissioners.Hendrickson (1995), p. 125.] Hendrickson (1995), p. 126.] At his urging, the legislature passed a law allowing the Railroad Commission to fix rates based on fair valuation and to stop many of the practices the railroad companies had used to manipulate stocks. When the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the commission in " Reagan v. Farmers Loan and Trust" in 1894, this law helped them to be fully equipped to fight the power of the railroads.
In April 1893, the legislature passed a law requiring that communities which issued bonds should also have a plan to collect sufficient taxes to pay the interest. Hogg's final campaign promise was fulfilled when the legislature passed the Perpetuities and Corporation Land Law, which required private corporations to sell all land they had held for speculative purposes within 15 years The law was full of loopholes and did not have the effect that Hogg wanted.
In 1894, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller's
Standard Oil Companyand its Texas subsidiary, the Waters-Pierce Oil Company of Missouri. Hogg and his attorney general argued that the companies were engaged in rebates, price fixing, consolidation, and other tactics prohibited by the state's 1889 antitrust act. The investigation resulted in a number of indictments, including one for Rockefeller. Hogg requested that Rockefeller be extradited from New York, but the New York governor refused, as Rockefeller had not fled from Texas. Rockefeller was never tried, but other employees of the company were found guilty.Hendrickson (1995), p. 127.]
Hogg's term as governor ended in 1895, the same year his wife died. Although he was not wealthy when he left office, through his connections he became involved in land and oil deals and amassed a large fortune.
He spoke on behalf of
William Jennings Bryanin Tammany Hallin 1896 and 1900. Hogg also became interested in the idea of what became the Panama Canal; having done well as an oil investor, Hogg had interest for a shipping route to open between Texas and South America, as well as between Texas and Asia. On April 19, 1900, he gave a speech in Waco, where he said the now legendary words: "Let us have Texas, the Empire State, (be) governed by the people, not Texas, the truckpatch, ruled by corporate lobbyists".
Jim Hogg's popularity extended beyond Texas, particularly in New York. The "Man in the Street" column in the
September 6, 1903edition of " The New York Times" related the following anecdote regarding him:
cquote|"Ex-Gov. Hogg of Texas, who has a reputation for liking to play a practical joke every time he gets a chance, says he has been cured of the habit. The last time he was in New York the joke he tried to perpetrate was turned back at him in great style. It happened that he wanted a shoe shine. The bootblack, a small-sized Italian, began to chatter at him after he had taken his seat in the high chair. Not being in a conversational frame of mind, the portly Governor thought it would be a good plan to feign that he was deaf and dumb. So he responded by signs to everything the bootblack said."
"This proceeding naturally caused the desired silence on the part of the Italian, and the Governor was wrapped in his own thoughts, when suddenly a little newsboy ran up and asked him if he wanted a paper. Before he could reply the bootblack turned to the boy and said:"
"You nota talka to him. He deaf."
"The newsboy looked him over, says the Governor, and then remarked in a loud voice:"
"Well, say, he's a fat old hog, ain't he?"
"The Governor, who weighs 300 pounds or more, relishes telling the story, but he adds feelingly that he kept up his bluff after hearing the brutal comment of the newsboy."
In January 1905 Hogg was injured in a railroad accident while on a business trip. He never completely recovered, and died in his sleep on
March 3, 1906at age 54. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas. [Hendrickson (1995), p. 131.] Jim Hogg County, Texasis named after him.
*citation|last=Hendrickson|first=Kenneth E., Jr.|title=The Chief of Executives of Texas: From Stephen F. Austin to John B. Connally, Jr.|publisher=
Texas A&M University Press|location= College Station, Texas|date=1995|isbn=0890966419
Sid McMath, a distant cousin of Hogg's who served as Governor of Arkansas(1949-1953) and who has been historically compared with him.
* [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-5861 "Message of Gov. J. S. Hogg to the twenty-third Legislature of Texas."] , hosted by the Portal to Texas History
* [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-5862 "Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas"] , hosted by the Portal to Texas History
* [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-29400:1 "Speeches and state papers of James Stephen Hogg, ex-governor of Texas, with a sketch of his life"; ed. by C. W. Raines] , hosted by the Portal to Texas History
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