San Lanham, Governor of Texas 1903-1907
From THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2003:
"In 1906, Sam Lanham (1846-1908) became governor of Texas for an outlay of just 20 crumpled dollars and pocket lint.
Lanham served two old-time terms of two years each, 1903-1907.No parades, bands or fireworks marked his coming.The inaugural rites left spectators the opposite of pop-eyed.
The guv-elect and his family -- seven persons in all -- casually walked several blocks from their downtown hotel up Congress Ave. to the Capitol steps.
Sam Lanham is better recalled as a frontier prosecutor than as a governor.He won the first civilian murder convictions of Indian raiders.
Sam traded the courtroom for Congress and work he liked.
The Mansion came cheap.Re-elected in 1904, he filed campaign expenditures as required by a new law.He swore he spent only $20.
But in the end, Lanham detested the governor's job:'Office-seekers, pardon-seekers, and concession-seekers over-whelmed me.They broke my health,and when a man finds his health gone, his spirit is broken.'
He died a year after leaving office."
S.W.T. Lanam was a Democrat.