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Charles Allen Culberson (June 10, 1855 March 19, 1925) was an American political figure and Democrat who served as governor of Texas from 1895 1899, and as a United States Senator from Texasmarker from 1899 1923.

Culberson was born to Eugenia (Kimball) and David Browning Culberson in Dadeville, Alabamamarker, but in 1856 his family moved to Texas, settling first in Gilmermarker and later in Jeffersonmarker. He attended Virginia Military Institutemarker, graduating in 1874, and subsequently studied law at the University of Virginiamarker at Charlottesvillemarker in 1876 and 1877. In 1877 he was admitted to the bar in Daingerfield, Texasmarker, and commenced practice in Jefferson. He moved to Dallasmarker in 1887.

Culberson's political career began with his election as Attorney General of Texas in 1890, a position he held until 1895, after campaigning for and winning the governor's race in November 1894. After two terms as governor, he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat on January 25, 1899. Early during his tenure, he served on the Lodge Committee investigating war crimes in the Philippine-American War. Later, he chaired several senate committees, including the judiciary committee, which he chaired from 1913 1919.

Culberson was reelected in 1905, 1911, and, again, by popular vote in 1916, when health problems and alcoholism prevented him from campaigning in Texas but didn't prevent his reelection. However, his health and opposition to the Ku Klux Klan finally led to the loss of his seat in 1922.

Culberson lived in retirement until his death from pneumonia in Washington, D.C.marker on March 19, 1925. He is buried in East Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texasmarker.

Culberson was a distant cousin of current U.S. Representative John Culberson, who represents .


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