The first was a Houston newspaper editor and political junkie.
The second was a retired U.S. marshal, often-failed political candidate and son of Texas legend Sam Houston.
Next came a Dallas lawyer, who had two chances.
Most recently there was one who was a businessman, professor, former congressman and member of the Texas Railroad Commission.
They were the men, all Democrats, appointed by Texas governors to fill vacancies in the U.S. Senate. The list starts in 1923, when the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brought direct election of senators. Before that, senators were appointed by the Legislature.
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