1896 "REGULAR" REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
FORT WORTH, September 9 and 10
The convention was well attended. The opening was postponed from the 8th until the 9th because the State executive committee could not agree upon the preliminaries. The opening was marked by the defeat of N. W. Cuney for temporary chairman.
Officers: Chairman pro tempore, C. M. Ferguson, of Lamar; permanent, H. B. Kane, of Anderson. Secretary pro tempore, D. C. Kolp, of Wichita; permanent, R. L. Smith, of Colorado.
Committee on Platform and Resolutions: 1st Congressional district, E. L. Angel, 2. Henry B. Kane, chairman, 3. Webster Flanagan; 4. J. A. Hurley, 5. H. E. Smith, 6. J. M. McCormick, 7. J. P. Osterhout, 8. Dr. W. E. Davis, 9. E. P. Wilmot, 10. N. W. Cuney, 11. J. 0. Luby, 12. M. D. Bridges, 13. J. G. Lowden.
 Resolved by the Republican party of Texas, in convention assembled, that we heartily indorse the platform of the National Re publican convention as adopted at St. Louis, and hereby pledge our faithful adherence to the same for the following reasons:
Because it stands for honest money of which every dollar at all times shall be as good as gold.
Because it stands for protection to American industry and reciprocity.
Because it stands for a vigorous and dignified foreign policy and for the protection of American citizens and American property everywhere at any cost.
Because it stands for generous recognition of the veterans of the Union army and for reforms in the administration of the pension laws.-
Because it stands for a strict enforcement of our immigration laws.
Because, in the nomination of McKinley and Hobart, it represents the highest type of American citizenship and by their election insures a return of prosperity to the business interests of our country and the restoration of peace and liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof.
 We favor the extending of aid by the National government to the improvement of our rivers and harbors, and request our members of Congress to use their best efforts to secure adequate appropriations of public money for this purpose.
 We unqualifiedly condemn the present administration of affairs in the State government of Texas through its various agencies, and unite in calling upon all good citizens irrespective of party to join together in a determined effort to drive the present so-called Democratic party from power in our beloved State and give to our people a wise, honest, economical, and pure government that shall guarantee the greatest good to the greatest number and the blessings of good government to the people of this great State.
 We recommend to our legislature the enactment of appropriate laws for the development of a system of irrigation in the semiarid sections of the State.
 We insist that laws should be speedily enacted extending to our colored youths the opportunities of a university education.
 We favor a vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws of this State, irrespective of persons, and demand that the procedure governing appeals in such cases be reformed with a view to the speedy de termination of the correctness of convictions, without regard to technicalities, and in this connection we denounce in unmeasured terms the resort to mob violence against persons charged with, but not convicted of crime.
To this end we recommend the appointment of a committee of three to be appointed by the chairman of this convention with full and plenary powers to arrange all details of the campaign to secure the objects set forth in these resolutions.
State Executive Committee: Edward H. R. Greene, of Kaufman, chairman.
The proceedings of this convention are taken from the Dallas September 10 and 11, 1896.
"Platforms of Political Parties in Texas Edited by ERNEST WILLIAM WINKLER"