William Clements, first Texas GOP governor since 1870s, dead at 94
May 30th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

William Clements, first Texas GOP governor since 1870s, dead at 94

(CNN) – William Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction, died Sunday at the age of 94.

Two of his successors in Austin - George W. Bush and Rick Perry - were among those expressing sympathy at the Dallas native's death, with the former president calling him "a great man."

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  1. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    I don`t know the man but I`m willing to bet that today`s radical, extremist Republican Party would not embrace him. Even a former Governor of red-state Texas would be too "liberal" today. I never understood what it is that "Conservatives" want to conserve.

    May 30, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Anonymous

    The beginning of the end of the Great State of Texas. Gov. Richards was the best ever.

    May 30, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Lost in Texas Forever

    yeah and just look at what it brought us to. Rick freaking Perry for God's sake. But he is just a sample of what comes out of the grerat red state of Texas politics. Tom Delay, Louie Gommert, need I say more? Ann Richards I agree was the BEST this state produced in my lifetime.

    May 30, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |