In a speech to the Confederate senate on September 4, 1862, William Simpson Oldham condemned conscription with the argument that the draft was wrong under any circumstances.
During the Civil War, the Tennessee native turned the tables on Richmond insisting states’ rights took precedence even in wartime and repeatedly railed against what he called “the battering ram of executive influence.” Following the collapse of the Confederacy, Oldham went into exile in Mexico and later Canada before coming back to Texas in 1866. He died two years later in Houston of typhoid fever.
The last episode of the hit TV series “The Addams Family,” starring Carolyn Jones as Morticia, aired on September 2, 1966.
Born in Amarillo in 1930, Jones endured abandonment by her father at age four and severe asthma that kept her indoors much of her childhood. She broke into motion pictures and television in the early 1950’s, earning an Academy Award nomination for “The Bachelor Party” and small-screen stardom with “The Addams Family.” But colon cancer cut her life short in 1983.
A book reviewer had nothing but the highest praise on August 28, 1959 for a newspaperman’s first novel: “It may be a long time before a better one comes along.”
How right he was! “Advise and Consent” by Houston native Allen Drury was the last work of political fiction to win the Pulitzer Prize — more than half a century ago. Read all about it in “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, August 27 through Tuesday, September 2.