Vol 8, No 236
August 23, 1924
Ma Ferguson wins Run-off election
Ma Ferguson Wins
Running to restore the reputation of her husband who was impeached as governor, Miriam A Ferguson (Ma Ferguson) wins a run-off election on this date in 1924, against pro Ku Klux Klan candidate Judge Felix Robertson of Dallas. This insures her election as governor, as Texas is essentially a one-party state.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Created
On this date in 1963, a merger between the Texas Game and Fish Commission and the State Parks Board formed the new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
A&M College of Texas renamed Texas A&M
On this date in 1963, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas was renamed Texas A&M University. The Texas Legislature in renaming the school was very specific that the "A" and "M" were now purely symbolic, a reflection of the schools past, and going forward no longer stood for "Agricultural and Mechanical".
Lamar State become Lamar University
On this date in 1971, Lamar State College of Technology was officially renamed Lamar University. Founded in 1923, it was originally named South Park Junior College.