Culberson, Charles A. (Charles Allen), 1855-1925

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Charles Allen Culberson (1855-1925), son of prominent lawyer and legislator, David Browning Culberson, was a Texas state attorney general, Texas governor, and a United States senator. After attending the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia law school, Culberson was elected county attorney of Marion County, Texas, in 1877. Culberson and his wife, Sally Harrison, moved to Dallas in 1887, where he practiced law. From 1890 to 1894, Culberson served two terms as Texas state attorney general. A conservative, Culberson was elected governor in 1894 with the help of Edward Mandel House, a prominent Austin banker and landowner. In 1899, the Texas Congress made Culberson a United States Senator. In his twenty-four year senatorial career (1899-1922), he served as Senate Democratic minority leader (1907-1910) and sat on many committees, including the Committee on the Judiciary (1913-1919). His ill health and alcoholism forced him to resign as minority leader in 1910 and earned him the nickname of “sick man of the senate.” Increasingly over the next twelve years, Culberson relied on his friends and status as an incumbent to win reelection. In 1922, his health and dislike of the Ku Klux Klan caused him to lose his seat in the Senate.

Source: Wagner, Robert L. “Culberson, Charles Allen.” Handbook of Texas Online . http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcu2.html.

From the guide to the Culberson (Charles Allen) Papers 1923; 91-266., 1896, 1901, 1916, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Charles Allen Culberson (1855-1925), son of prominent lawyer and legislator, David Browning Culberson, was a Texas state attorney general, Texas governor, and a United States senator.

After attending the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia law school, Culberson was elected county attorney of Marion County, Texas, in 1877. Culberson and his wife, Sally Harrison, moved to Dallas in 1887, where he practiced law. From 1890 to 1894, Culberson served two terms as Texas state attorney general. A conservative, Culberson was elected governor in 1894 with the help of Edward Mandel House, prominent Austin banker and landowner. Then in 1899 the Texas Congress made Culberson a United States Senator. Culberson in his twenty-four year senatorial career (1899-1922) served as Senate Democratic minority leader (1907-1910) and sat on many committees, including the Committee on the Judiciary (1913-1919). His ill health and alcoholism forced him to resign as minority leader in 1910 and earned him the nickname of "sick man of the senate." Increasingly over the next twelve years, Culberson relied on his friends and status as an incumbent to win reelection. In 1922, his health and dislike of the Ku Klux Klan caused him to lose his seat in the Senate. He passed away in 1925 in Washington, D. C.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Culberson, Charles Allen," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcu2.html (accessed July 7, 2010).

From the description of Culberson, Charles Allen Papers, 1896, 1901, 1916 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 741635671

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referencedIn Holman, J. R. Holman, J. R., Papers, 1898 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Given, Mrs. B. S. Papers, [ca. 1925] Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Welsh, Herbert, 1851-1941. Herbert Welsh papers, 1895-1913. University of Michigan
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. House, Edward Mandell Papers, 1896-1938 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Records, 1891-1899 Texas State Archives.
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell Papers 2011-212; 91-189; 90-223; 87-298; 85-309; 71-106; 71-105., 1896-1938 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Given, Beulah Sterling, b. ca. 1878. Given, Mrs. B. S., Papers, [ca. 1925] University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Culberson (Charles Allen) Papers 1923; 91-266., 1896, 1901, 1916 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Henderson, Thomas Stalworth, Papers 1938; 68-11; 71-163; 93-039., 1852-1941, 1967 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn James Edward Ferguson Collection, 1911-1936 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Sayers, Joseph Draper. Sayers, Joseph Draper Papers, 1834-1911 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Rose, Archibald Johnson. Rose Archibald Johnson Papers, 1830-1903 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Correspondence between Woodrow Wilson and Charles A. Culberson concerning Louis Brandeis, 1916 May 5. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Truitt, James W. Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887) Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Truitt, James W., 1845-1922. Truitt, James W., Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887) University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007 (inclusive), 1885-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Olin Wellborn Nichols Culberson Papers 73-120; 82-389; 90-373., 1860-1964 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Sayers, Joseph Draper Papers 1923., 1834-1911 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn General John A. Hulen papers, 1887-1960 Texas State Archives.
creatorOf Culberson, Charles Allen. Culberson, Charles Allen Papers, 1896, 1901, 1916 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Hogg, James Stephen, 1851-1906. Hogg, James Stephen, papers, 1836-1969. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Culberson, Charles Allen. Culberson, Charles Allen Papers, 1896, 1901, 1916 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Eberstadt Collection AR 76-62., 1699-1959 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham Papers, ca. 1880-1917 Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Biography -- Culberson, Charles Allen. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Henderson, Thomas Stalworth, 1849-1937. Henderson, Thomas Stalworth, Papers, 1852-1941, 1967 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Holman, J. R. Papers, 1898 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Rose Archibald Johnson Papers 75-58., 1830-1903 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944. Ferguson, James Edward, collection, 1911-1936. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007, 1885-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Levi P. Morton Correspondence, 1860-1912 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
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Birth 1855-06-10

Death 1925-03-19

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