In 1890, James Stephen Hogg became the state's first native-born governor. Six-foot-two and nearly three hundred pounds, "Big Jim," as he was known, vigorously fought for the interests of the common citizen. At the forefront of the Progressive reform movement in Texas, Hogg opposed abuses by insurance companies, railroad monopolies, and land corporations.
Image: James Stephen Hogg frontispiece from Speeches and State Papers of James Stephen Hogg, C.W. Raines, editor. The State Publishing Company, Austin, Texas, 1905. Courtesy of Texas State Library and Archives Commission.