MARCH 20, 1888

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p48
This is part of The Book of Texas Days, 1984, which chronicles important events and persons in the history of Texas. Coke Stevenson had to be a politician. He was born in a log cabin, named for a governor, started as a janitor at a bank, and ended up leaving to start his own bank. That is the stuff popular politicians are made of. Born March 20, 1888, in Mason County, he became a millionaire lawyer-rancher-businessman-politician who was an extremely popular wartime governor of Texas. The irony of Coke Stevenson is that he lost only one political race in his life, and that is primarily what people remember him for. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1948 and got 494, 104 votes. The problem is that Lyndon Johnson got 494, 191 … including Box 13 in Jim Wells County that came in "amended fashion" to give Johnson every vote but two.


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