By Carolyn Barta
In 1978, William P. Clements, Jr., used to be elected the 1st Republican governor of Texas considering the fact that Reconstruction. Defeated for reelection, he regained the seat 4 years later, serving a complete of 8 years, longer than the other Texas governor.
In a country identified for its particular political figures, invoice Clements is without doubt one of the so much colourful. He as soon as wrote, "Many symbolize Texans as being of 1 breed - Maverick. possibly this evaluate is true." It was once precise of invoice Clements. As former President George Bush acknowledged, "When you return in because the first Republican governor considering Reconstruction, you have to holiday a bit china."
Clements proved Republican might get elected to the state's most sensible activity and that one can functionality within the regularly Democratic Texas nation govt. "Clements may be judged as one among a handful of Texas' most vital governors.... He used to be most likely the catalyst that hastened the emergence of Republicans as a achievable social gathering down now to the courthouses," acknowledged George Shipley, a Democratic advisor in Austin.
But invoice Clements' lifestyles tale isn't just that of a governor and political trailblazer. the place most folk are lucky to reach one occupation, Clements succeeded in 3. From an preliminary funding in rusty rigs, he outfitted a multimillion-dollar oil drilling contracting corporation well-known because the chief within the off-shore undefined. Spanning the times from oilfield roughneck as a tender guy to a farm animals raiser in retirement, invoice Clements' biography is a couple of man's existence tale. it is also a bankruptcy within the heritage of a kingdom. Clements personifies alterations that have been happening in Texas, politically and economically.
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She had worked in the trenches with O'Donnellin campaigns, on the state Republican committee, as a delegate to state and national conventions, and she had followed him on the Republican National Committee in 1973. When it came to politics, Rita and Bill both had the utmost respect for O'Donnell. "We're thinking about running. " Clements asked. "Yes, I do. And if you run, I'll help you," O'Donnell responded. O'Donnell had observed Clements as the leader of his own company and as deputy secretary of defense.
He evolved into a Republican, leading the state's transition into two-party politics, the modern era of high technology, a diversified economy, and corporate-style government management. It's unlikely that Texas will ever again experience the petroleum heyday that allowed the creation and success of Clements' company. When he first went to the oilfields, Texas held the largest known oil reserves in the world and was the center of oil technology. 5 million barrels a daya fifty-year low. When Clements created his company in 1947, oil and gas revenues accounted for 34 percent of the total taxes of the state.
Waggoner Ranch in 1911 during the drilling of artesian water wells, and the Burkburnett field, discovered in 1912, a dozen miles north of Wichita Falls and near the Red River. Burkburnett was only a middling field for about five years, until it hit its heyday in 1919 and became a boom town. 12 Perry Clements was following the activity in Electra and Burkburnett and saw opportunity in the fledgling North Texas oilfields. Clements had an outgoing personality and was a natural-born sales- Page 19 man; he became a broker selling oil leases and participation in oil wells.