Texas History - Richard Coke

The 15th Governor of Texas was Richard Coke.
Accomplishments: During Coke's term in office, he faced a state government which was in debt and without funds, an unprotected frontier, and problems with Indians and Mexican bandits. Coke reduced expenditures and made a new beginning of the public school system. He was reelected in 1876 after the Constitution of 1876 had returned the governor's term of office to two years. Later the same year, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and so resigned the governorship on December 1, 1876.
He was born on March 13, 1829 in Williamsburg, Virginia and died on May 14, 1897 in Waco, Texas.