Vol 8, No 155
June 4, 1866
James W Throckmorton elected new Governor
On this date in 1866, James W Throckmorton was elected Governor of Texas. The prior Governor, Andrew Hamilton, apparently fled to Mexico. After the end of the Civil War, Texas was under laws collectively called "reconstruction" part of which severely limited the voting rights of anyone who took up arms against the United States. Because the restriction applied to most male adults, the political fortunes of Texas and the rest of the South, changed for a generation. Texas remained under reconstruction until 1870.