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Bowie in Montague County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Home County of Governor James V. Allred

(March 29, 1899-Sept. 24, 1959)

Home County of Governor James V. Allred Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
1. Home County of Governor James V. Allred Marker
Inscription.  Vigorous, forthright and humane Chief Executive of Texas in years 1935-1939. Born in Bowie, one of nine children of Renne and Mary Henson Allred worked in youth as a soda pop bottler, shoeshine boy, newsboy. Attended local schools, Rice University, Cumberland Law School; was in U.S. Navy during World War I. Admitted to the Bar in 1921, his early law practice was with firm of Bernard Martin and Ben G. O'Neal, Wichita Falls. After experience as Assistant District Attorney, was named in 1923 by Governor Pat Neff to office of District Attorney, 30th District, where he earned a strong reputation in fight against Ku Klux Klan. Married Joe Betsy Miller, of Wichita Falls, and had three sons: James V. Jr., William David, and Sam Houston Allred. As Texas Attorney General 1931-1935, won many victories over monopolies; put "teeth" into gasoline tax law, to halt evasions; corrected a number of unfair trade practices; defended oil proration laws, winning the very first test case; successfully fought attempts of Federal officials to tax the income of Texas schools; established school fund's title to West Texas oil royalties worth over twenty million dollars.
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In 1934 race for Governor, James V. Allred was victorious over five opponents. In 1935 he was named "Outstanding Young Man in America" by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce. Won second term by landslide, in 1936. As Governor, 1935-1939, he implemented strong executive, legislative and judicial programs to correct social and economic ills; led fight that outlawed pari-mutuel gambling in Texas. During his administration, Social Security amendments were added to Texas Constitution, and on Nov. 19, 1935, he signed the state's first Old-Age Assistance Bill; soon instituted Aid to Dependent Children, Aid to Needy Blind, and a Teachers' Retirement Fund. Secured for schools the greatest per capita apportionment that they had known; obtained for the instructors fairer salaries; advanced building programs for colleges and other state institutions. Set up a Board of Pardons and Paroles to correct old system whereby it was alleged a Governor might "sell" pardons; initiated prison reforms; revised Industrial Labor Commission; instituted Unemployment Insurance system. Combined Texas Rangers and Highway Patrol to form State Department of Public Safety. In 1937 gave encouragement to an aspiring statesman, Lyndon B. Johnson, then running for Congress and later to be 36th President of the United States. Befriended many others seeking high public office, including later U.S. Senator
Home County of Governor James V. Allred Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
2. Home County of Governor James V. Allred Marker (reverse)
Ralph Yarborough, Secretary of Treasury Robert B. Anderson, and Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court Robert Calvert. Named to Texas Judiciary its first woman member--Judge Sarah T. Hughes, of Dallas. After his two terms as Governor, Allred was twice appointed United States District Judge, and was on bench at time of his death. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Wichita Falls.
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Erected 1968 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 2521.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEducationIndustry & CommerceLaw EnforcementWar, World I. A significant historical date for this entry is October 19, 1935.
Location. 33° 33.854′ N, 97° 51.426′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Texas, in Montague County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 81 south of Adkins Street when traveling south. Located in Meyers Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie TX 76230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montague County (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank of Bowie (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); United Methodist Church of Montague (approx.
View of marker towards Highway 81. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
3. View of marker towards Highway 81.
10.4 miles away); Montague Pioneer Memorial (approx. 10˝ miles away); 1927 Montague County Jail (approx. 10˝ miles away); Montague County Courthouse (approx. 10˝ miles away); Montague Cemetery (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Governor James V. Allred image. Click for full size.
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4. Governor James V. Allred
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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