Houston Big Shot Turns Against Truman

Jesse H. Jones, the Houston mover and shaker, turned against Harry Truman on September 16, 1948 and endorsed Republican Thomas E. Dewey for president.

The most influential Texas businessman of his generation, the newspaper publisher had his finger in every pie in the Bayou City.  A lifelong Democrat, who served as secretary of commerce under FDR, Jones’ dramatic defection to the GOP during the presidential campaign of 1948 signaled a seismic shift in Lone Star politics.

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