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W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel
This photo shows Governor O'Daniel with Andrew Jackson Houston, whom he appointed to the U.S. Senate.
In 1941, during Governor O'Daniel's second term as governor, Senator Morris Sheppard died of a stroke. O'Daniel wanted the job himself, but was required to appoint an interim senator to serve until a special election could be held to elect a replacement. Thus, he needed to find someone who would be willing to serve but would not want to run against him in the special election. O'Daniel selected Andrew Jackson Houston, the 87-year-old son of Sam Houston. A Beaumont lawyer and former U.S. marshall, Houston had dabbled in politics in his younger days, running for governor in 1892 on the "Lily-white" Republican ticket and in 1910 and 1912 on the prohibition ticket.
Though in failing health, Houston traveled to Washington to take his seat, only to die on June 26, 1941, after attending only one committee meeting.