In UT Regent Controversy, Echoes of Texas History

A powerful governor clashes with the University of Texas at Austin. Its president is in the crosshairs. The Legislature is aghast at the meddling with the flagship state university. Soon the talk of impeachment is echoing through the halls of the Capitol.

This might sound like the controversy involving UT System Regent Wallace Hall, an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, but this instance in Texas political history is a few years shy of its 100th birthday.

In 1917, Gov. Jim “Pa” Ferguson became the first person in Texas to be impeached. He submitted his resignation the day before he ...

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