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Terrell in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940)

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Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, August 28, 2016
1. Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) Marker
Inscription.  Twenty-fourth Governor of Texas (1911-1915). Known as "The Napoleon of Texas Politics" and "Little Oscar" because of his short stature, Colquitt was a strong and independent chief executive. His stump speeches were among the most effective of his times.

A descendant of American Revolution and Civil War fighters, Colquitt was born in Georgia. He worked as a tenant farmer and newspaperman before serving as a Texas Senator. He was railroad commissioner, 1903-1911, and his efforts in office for Galveston gained him the title "Daddy of the Causeway".

In his second race for the office, he was elected Governor on an anti-Prohibition ticket. His legal residence was in Terrell during both terms and he had owned the Terrell "Times-Star" in the 1890s.

While in office, Colquitt achieved prison reforms. (He campaigned with a bullwhip in hand to publicize prison brutality.) He helped preserve the Alamo as a Texas shrine. Homes for the insane and retarded were improved under him, and he also spearheaded advancements in education and backed labor bills.

In 1885 he had married Alice F. Murrell, by whom he had five
Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, August 28, 2016
2. Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940)
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children. After 1915 he entered private business and worked as a U.S. government official.
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8498.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 32° 44.263′ N, 96° 16.703′ W. Marker is in Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of West Nash Street and North Frances Street, on the right when traveling west on West Nash Street. Marker is in the parking lot of the Terrell Healthcare Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 West Nash Street, Terrell TX 75160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carnegie Library Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The American National Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church of the Good Shepherd (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Christian Church of Terrell (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. Ό mile away); Texas & Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terrell.
Also see . . .  Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt. (Submitted on August 31, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 7, 2022