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Junction in Kimble County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Coke R. Stevenson

Texas Statesman

 
 
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Photographed By Michael Herrick, April 1, 2017
1. Coke R. Stevenson Marker
Inscription.  Strong resourceful conservative governor. Placed Texas on a cash basis with no increase in taxes nor curtailment of services to the people - changing a $34,000,000 deficit to a $35,000,000 surplus. Lifetime resident Kimble County. Son of pioneer settlers R.M. and Virginia Hurley Stevenson, born March 20, 1888. In school only 22 months, studied throughout his life. At 10 got a ranch job, at 16 owned and operated Junction-Brady Freight Line. At 18, entered banking as a janitor, advancing to president. Studied law and was licensed in 1913.

County Attorney, County Judge, Legislator 1929-1939. While he was speaker, State House of Representatives, landmark legislation included first drivers license law; municipal indebtedness reporting law; creation of state auditor's office; Lower Colorado River Authority; Highway Department pay-as-you-go plan.

First Texan to hold the three highest executive posts: Speaker of the House (1933-1937), Lieutenant Governor (1939-1941), Governor (1941-1947). Also first to have more than two terms as governor.

Over 50 years a Methodist, lawyer, mason, rancher. Married in 1912 Fay Wright
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(deceased 1942), in 1954 Mrs. Marguerite King Heap. Children: Coke, Jr. and Jane. (1966)
 
Erected 1966 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5118.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
 
Location. 30° 29.347′ N, 99° 45.969′ W. Marker is in Junction, Texas, in Kimble County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and N. 6th Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Located in front of Kimble County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Junction TX 76849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Sterling Durst (here, next to this marker); Colonel John Griffith (here, next to this marker); Kimble County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Major William Addison Spencer (a few steps from this marker); Burt M. Fleming Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fight of Sheriff’s Posse with Cattle Rustlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Early History of Kimble County (within shouting distance of this marker); Kimble County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Junction.
 
Also see . . .  Coke R. Stevenson on Wikipedia
Coke R. Stevenson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, April 1, 2017
2. Coke R. Stevenson Marker
. (Submitted on April 15, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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