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John Tower: Texas's first GOP Senator

A collection of Primary and Secondary Sources for my video presentation on John Tower, the first GOP Senator from Texas.

Texas Monthly Article on John Tower's Rise

This article was written in 1977, but it has a major account and accurate history of John Tower's election in 1961 along with the split among the Democrats that helped allow it to happen.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

A useful secondary source, the Texas State Historical Association describes the rifts in the Democratic Party and the evolution of the Democratic Party which allowed John Tower to be elected.

TOWER, JOHN GOODWIN | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

A Texas State Historical Association bibliography of John Tower, which includes useful info on his rise in politics.

This should embed the PDF, this is an oral history with John Tower himself, which described his election campaign and the many obstacles he overcame in getting elected to the U.S Senate.

Our Campaigns - TX US Senate - Special Race - May 27, 1961

An incredibly good find, has both the vote count and the county map for the 1961 Texas Special Senate election.

Slideshow: John Tower's Historic 1961 Senate Campaign | The Texas Tribune

Various campaign fliers and posters from John Tower's 1961 campaign.

Here's how Texas voted in every U.S. Senate election since 1961 | The Texas Tribune

A look at every Texas Senate election since 1961, which shows the evolution of Texas politics post Tower election.

Why Is Texas So Red, And How Did It Get That Way? | KUT

A good NPR article on the rise of the Texas GOP, why it happened, what elements changed within Texas to make this possible, and some perspective on election results from 1912-1961 and on.