REPUBLICAN PARTY OF
1906 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
EL PASO, August 14 and 15
This was the first political State convention to be held in El Paso. There were about 300 delegates present, of which number not over twenty-five were colored.
Officers: Chairman pro tempore, W. H. Atwell, of Dallas; permanent, Dr. C. A. Gray, of Fannin. Secretary, Walter E. Baker, of Grayson.
Nominees for State Offices: Governor, Dr. Carey A. Gray, of Fannin; Lieutenant-Governor, Friedrich Hofheinz, of Comal; Attorney- General, Charles W. Ogden, of Bexar; Comptroller, Wentworth Manning, of Van Zandt; Treasurer, George M. Booth, of Williamson ; Commissioner of the General Land Office, Henry C. Harding, of Potter; Superintendent of Public Instruction, F. Vandervort, of Dimmit; Railroad Commissioner, W. F. Connor, of Dallas; Supreme Court, Frank B. Stanley, of Tar- rant; Court of Criminal Appeals, Alexander G. Foster, of El Paso.
Committee on Platform and Resolutions: 1st Congressional district, Tom Dailey, 2. R. H. Dunn, 3. Theo. Miller, 4. G. W. Barlow, 5. J. J. Cypert, 6. blank; 7. M. C. McLemore. 8. C. A. Warnken, 9. J. G. Schermack, 10. Webster Flanagan, 11. Joseph E. Williams, 12. blank, 13. J. E. Lutz, 14. Hugh Burns, 15. R. W. Doe, 16. Robert M. Webb.
 We, your committee on platform and resolutions, beg leave to report that we heartily indorse the National administration, directed and controlled by the Republican party, under the direction of the incomparable leader, our President, Theodore Roosevelt. His action and energy in behalf of the interests of the whole people of the United States, his brave and characteristic opposition to the trusts and the insistence upon the prosecution of all offenders against the law should win for him the plaudits of the American people. We congratulate the American people for having had for the past two years a Congress composed largely of Republicans, which, without regard to State or politics, has by liberal contribution and appropriation commenced a movement by which the arid lands of the West and particularly of the State of Texas will develop into a magnificent and beautiful country such as we see about us in El Paso today.
 We most heartily indorse the principles of government and the policies set forth in the platform of the Republican party, adopted at the National convention in 1904, and pledge our allegiance to the same and to the advocacy thereof.
 We indorse the administration of President Roosevelt in its entirety and regard him as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, champion of the rights of the people.
 We renew our faith and belief in the wisdom of the protective tariff to be accompanied with the policy of reciprocity as the same has been advocated by Elaine, McKinley, and Roosevelt, and a revision of tariff schedules as changed conditions may suggest, but never violating the theory and policy of a protective tariff.
 We indorse the course of Hon. C. A. Lyon as our State chair man and as a member of the National Republican executive committee from this State. His efforts in behalf of our party, his interest in its development win for him our highest commendation and we extend to him the indorsement of the party.
 We denounce in most emphatic terms the character and nature of the Democratic measure designated and known as the Terrell elec tion law as being a measure and an effort on the part of the Demo cratic party of this State to throttle and stifle the voice of the people to prevent opposition to the Democratic machine and to maintain in power a party which has been guilty of violating every trust confided to it and to perpetuate in power the party which is the father of such a monstrosity. We condemn it as being unfair and intended to deprive the citizens of this State of a fair expression of their wishes with regard to the government of municipal, county, and State affairs.
 We demand, as a business proposition, that the funds of the State of Texas that are not subject to immediate use should be de- posited in institutions of credit and reliability to earn interest instead of being left in the care and charge of the Treasurer of the State of Texas, who has heretofore, though contrary to law, deposited the same in private institutions for the benefit of his personal and political friends.
 We demand that the school fund of the State of Texas should be devoted to the education of its whole people without favor or distinction, and that sufficient tax should be levied upon the property throughout the State to provide for equal facilities and opportunities for education in the rural districts as is now provided in the cities of this State.
 And we insist that with the wealth of this State sufficient income should be derived to support the schools throughout the State in the cities and country for a term of at least eight months each year and we deem it expedient and advisable that a law be enacted covering this proposition and providing for the compulsory education of the children of our people of this State.
 That we declare in favor of equal rights to all under the law, and with regard to local option elections that both sides have equal rights and privileges in the call, ordering, and holding of elections.
State Executive Committee: Cecil A. Lyon, of Grayson, chairman; 1st Senatorial district, H. G. Goree, of Cass; 2. J. W. Bradford, of Titus; 3. C. A. Gray, of Fannin; 4. 0. F. John son, of Grayson; 5. A. S. Dickinson, of Collin; 6. Ed S. Thayer, of Dallas ; 7. S. D. Waldrip, of Van Zandt ; 8. W. K. Eckman, of Gregg; 9. R. Freedman, of Navarro; 10. J. J. Cypert, of Hill; 11. J. E. Boynton, of McLennan; 12. G. H. Morris, of Limestone; 13. J. H. Kurth, of Angelina; 14. George H. East, of Marion; 15. Ewing Norwood, of Grimes; 16. Spencer Graves, of Fort Bend; 17. Otto Letzerich, of Galveston; 18. C. L. Rhome, of Fayette; 19. R. D. Evans, of Burleson; 20. T. L. Wren, of Travis; 21. August Graeb, of Guadalupe; 22. blank; 23. Ed C. Lassater, of Starr; 24. Ed F. Glaze, of Bexar; 25. blank; 26. W. M. Leonard, of Erath; 27. Joe E. Williams, of Hamilton; 28. L. S. McDowell, of Howard; 29. J. E. Lutz, of Wilbarger; 30. Sam Davidson, of Tarrant; 31. J. A. Burgess, of Montague
The proceedings of this convention are taken from the Dallas News, August 15 and 16, 1906.
"Platforms of Political Parties in Texas Edited by ERNEST WILLIAM WINKLER"