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Author Sterling, Ross S., 1875-1949.

Title Ross Sterling, Texan : a memoir by the founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company / Ross S. Sterling and Ed Kilman ; edited and revised by Don Carleton ; foreword by Dolph Briscoe, Jr
Edition 1st ed
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (ix, 270 pages) : illustrations
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Foreword -- Introduction: Don Carleton -- One. Double Bayou -- Two. The Flip of a Coin -- Three. The First Two Oil Wells -- Four. Taking Over Standard -- Five. A Personality Company -- Six. Pulling Stakes at Fifty -- Seven. Deerslayers Deluxe -- Eight. Highways of Destiny -- Nine. The Unbonding Plan -- Ten. An Unpolitical Politician -- Eleven. Pour It On -- Twelve. The World Loves a Winner -- Thirteen. The Supreme Honor of My Life -- Fourteen. Crisis in East Texas -- Fifteen. Drowning in Ten-Cent Oil -- Sixteen. Holding the Bull -- Seventeen. Whistling in the Dark -- Eighteen. Flying Words and Eggs -- Nineteen. The Battle of the People -- Twenty. It Was a Great Show -- Twenty-one. Martial Law's Finale -- Twenty-two. Back in the Chips -- Twenty-three. The View from the Western Slope -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Index
Summary "Born on a farm near Anahuac, Texas, in 1875, and possessed of only a fourth-grade education, Ross Sterling was one of the most successful Texans of his generation. Driven by a relentless work ethic, he become a wealthy oilman, banker, newspaper publisher, and, from 1931 to 1933, one-term governor of Texas. Sterling was the principal founder of the Humble Oil and Refining Company, which eventually became the largest division of the ExxonMobil Corporation, as well as the owner of the Houston Post." "Eager to "preserve a narrative record of his life and deeds," Ross Sterling hired Ed Kilman, an old friend and editorial page editor of the Houston Post, to write his biography. Though the book was nearly finished before Sterling's death in 1949, it never found a publisher due to Kilman's florid writing style and overly hagiographic portrayal of Sterling." "In this volume, by contrast, editor Don Carleton uses the original oral history dictated by Ross Sterling to Ed Kilman to present the former governor's life story in his own words. Sterling describes his formative years, early business ventures, and active role in developing the Texas oil industry. He also recalls his political career, from his appointment to the Texas Highway Commission to his term as governor, ending with his controversial defeat for reelection by "Ma" Ferguson. Sterling's reminiscences constitute an important primary source not only on the life of a Texan who deserves to be more widely remembered, but also on the history of Houston and the growth of the American oil industry."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-256) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Sterling, Ross S., 1875-1949.
SUBJECT Sterling, Ross S., 1875-1949 fast
Subject Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.) -- Biography
SUBJECT Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.) fast
Houston post-dispatch -- History
Subject Governors -- Texas -- Biography
Businessmen -- Texas -- Biography
Bankers -- Texas -- Biography
Petroleum industry and trade -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- State & Local -- General.
Economic history
Petroleum industry and trade
Politics and government
SUBJECT Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Texas -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
Houston (Tex.) -- Biography
Subject Texas
Texas -- Houston
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
Author Kilman, Edward W., 1896-
Carleton, Don E., 1947-
University of Texas at Austin. Center for American History.
LC no. 2006028216
ISBN 9780292795525