Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe dies

Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. died Sunday after a long illness, according to the Associated Press. He was 87.

Briscoe was governor for six years, starting in 1973, and lost a reelection bid in 1978 to fellow Democrat John Hill, who was defeated by Republican Bill Clements.

Briscoe, a South Texas rancher who called Uvalde home, was among the richest Texans and became a noted philanthropist in his later years. The The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin blossomed with a donation from the former officeholder.

He was a state legislator from ...

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