By Gary A. Keith, Al Gore
Renowned for his ''brilliant legislative mind'' and political oratory—as good as for bicycling to Congress in a rumpled white linen go well with and bow tie—U.S. Congressman Bob Eckhardt was once a strength to reckon with in Texas and nationwide politics from the Nineteen Forties until eventually 1980. A liberal Democrat who effectively championed innovative factors, from staff' rights to purchaser security to environmental upkeep and effort conservation, Eckhardt received the glory of rivals in addition to allies. Columnist Jack Anderson praised him as the most potent individuals of Congress, the place Eckhardt was once a countrywide chief and mentor to more youthful congressmen reminiscent of Al Gore.
In this biography of Robert Christian Eckhardt (1913-2001), Gary A. Keith tells the tale of Eckhardt's colourful lifestyles and occupation in the context of the altering political panorama of Texas and the increase of the recent correct and the two-party kingdom. He starts with Eckhardt's German-American kinfolk background after which lines his development from hard work legal professional, political organizer, and cofounder of the innovative Texas Observer journal to Texas country legislator and U.S. congressman. Keith describes lots of Eckhardt's legislative battles and victories, together with the passage of the Open shorelines Act and the construction of the large Thicket nationwide look after, the fight to restrict presidential war-making skill throughout the warfare Powers Act, and the challenging struggle to form President Carter's power coverage, in addition to Eckhardt's paintings in Texas to tax the oil and fuel industry.
The in basic terms thorough recounting of the lifetime of a memorable, very important, and flamboyant guy, Eckhardt additionally remembers the final nice period of revolutionary politics within the 20th century and the major avid gamers who strove to make Texas and the us a extra simply, inclusive society.
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Creager, who ran the party. They hated Wurzbach. As the only Republican official, he controlled a lot of patronage, which Creager and other Republicans wanted to control. In 1926, in the first Republican primary ever held in Texas, Nolte and Creager recruited an opponent for Congressman Wurzbach, claiming that he was really a Democrat at heart. He won anyway. One time Wurzbach took young Bobby with him to Fredericksburg for a campaign speech. The local editor was anti-Wurzbach and pulled a dirty trick by printing an item saying that Wurzbach would not be there.
The German Hill Country begins just to the west of Austin. When viewed from the city, the distant hills have a purplish hue. One of Austin’s residents of note, William Sidney Porter (O. ” The nickname stuck. Austin was laid out as a square on the north bank of the Colorado River. Congress Avenue went right up the middle to the state capitol. After it burned, the new capitol was built there in the 1880s and ’90s. Legislators and lobbyists would sit on iron benches on the capitol grounds under the corridor of trees lining the broad walk.
Henry Faulk and his sense of social justice was a significant influence on Eckhardt. indb 26 7/9/07 12:49:01 PM Bobby Eckhardt in Austin kind of wonder,” he later said. ” 31 Austin High School Years In 1928, Austin High School opened at its new location at Twelfth and Rio Grande, just in time for Bobby’s high school years. 32 It was later to become his trademark artistic and political signature as well. His classes included Shakespeare and physics. He studied Spanish with Lillian (Mrs. Roy) Bedichek.