Tribpedia: Dolph Briscoe Jr

Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (1923-2010) was a rancher, businessman and the 40th governor of Texas. A Democrat, he served from 1973 to 1979. As of 2009, he was the oldest living, former governor in Texas.

Briscoe was born in Uvalde, Texas to a prominent Texas rancher.  He died in his family home, June 27, 2010.

He served in the Army during World War II, and in the Texas Legislature from 1949 to 1957.

After a failed run for governor, Briscoe became an attractive "outsider" candidate after the Sharpstown Stock Fraud Scandal in the early 1970's. 

He was the first governor to be elected to a four-year term with his victory in 1974 (previous governors had served two-year terms). He lost his reelection bid in 1978.

Briscoe returned to Uvalde to manage his vast ranching and business interests.


Former Texas governors (from left): Preston Smith, Mark White, Dolph Briscoe, and Bill Clements.
Rick Perry and Dolph Briscoe

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