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Charles Allen Culberson

Gov. Charles Allen Culberson

  • January 15, 1895 - January 17, 1899
  • Democratic
  • June 10, 1855
  • March 19, 1925
  • Alabama
  • Virginia Military Institute, University of Virginia Law School
  • Married Sallie Harrison; one child
  • Senator


CHARLES ALLEN CULBERSON was born in Dadeville, Alabama. His family moved to Texas when he was a small child. Culberson graduated from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia in 1874 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1877. He returned to Texas, practicing law first in Jefferson and then in Dallas. He was elected Marion County Attorney in 1880 and served as Attorney General of Texas from 1890 to 1894. During his two terms as governor, Culberson recommended an increase in the state school tax to twenty cents on every one hundred dollars. Also during his administration, the Spanish-American War began and Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders trained in San Antonio. Culberson left office after being elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served four terms. He was a delegate to every Democratic National Convention from 1896 to 1916. After retiring, he remained in Washington, DC, where he died. He was buried in Fort Worth, Texas.


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