Description: Commemorative plate, white and deep red. Printed on the obverse: Image of Governor James S. Hogg and the State of Texas seal. Printed on the reverse - James Stephen Hogg (1851-1906), Attorney General, 1887-91, First Native Born Governor of Texas, 1891-1895. When laws are passed, they should be enforced, for they are but the commands of the people to their officers. Idle and obnoxious ones should be repealed, but none of them can be disregarded except at the expense of official integrity. A people who would encourage and not condemn the crime of official delinquency have but to wait to glean oppression's harvest. Plate designed for Daughters of the Republic of Texas by Vernon Kilns, U.S.A.
Description: Historical Note: James Stephen Hogg, the first native governor of Texas, was born near Rusk on March 24, 1851. He served as justice of the peace at Quitman from 1873 to 1875. He studied law and was licensed in 1875. He was elected county attorney of Wood County in 1878 and served from 1880 to 1884 as district attorney for the old Seventh District, where he became known as the most aggressive and successful district attorney in the state. In the national campaign of 1884 he succeeded in winning enough black votes from the Republicans to make Smith County a Democratic stronghold. Despite a popular move for Hogg to go to Congress, he declined to run for public office in 1884 and entered private practice in Tyler, where he worked first with John M. Duncan and afterward with Henry Marsh. In 1886 he was elected Attorney General. He served as governor from 1891 to 1895. He died on March 3, 1906, in Houston. He was buried in Austin.
Citation information: ATF0103, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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