The Unpopular Governor of Texas

Edmund Davis
Edmund Davis

Edmund J. Davis was a Reconstruction governor of Texas—and not a popular one.  He was a former Union officer who joined the Republican Party after the Civil War.  He was elected governor in 1869, but members of both parties chafed at his policies.  His creation of the State Police (which included black officers) and their protection of civil rights for blacks rankled many Texans.

Davis ran for re-election in 1873 but was defeated by Democrat Richard Coke by a 2-1 margin.  He refused to accept the defeat until he was literally removed from office.

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