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The Texas state Senator who became a key figure in the state's public education system signed this typed letter in blue ink
Signature: "A.M. Aikin Jr.” in blue ink. 8½x11. One page. Dated July 24, 1972. Features Texas State Senate District 1 letterhead. To Mr. J. L. Pruett. In Full: I am in receipt of your letter requesting an autograph to use in your study of current events and Texas History and Government”. A.M. Aikin Jr. (1905-1981) was a state politician who spent most of his life in the Lone Star State. After working his way through college, he graduated from Cumberland University with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1932. He immediately ran for office, winning a seat in the Texas House of Representatives. In 1937, he won a State Senate seat. In total, he served in the Texas government for 46 years. The politician is considered the father of modern Texas education, mainly for his role in the passage of the Gilmer-Aikin Laws. Passed in 1949, the bill set teacher salary minimums, provided state funds at a required level for other costs, and increased state funding for schools. In the Senate, his numerous positions included Chair of the Finance Committee (1967-1979) and Dean of the Senate (1963-1979). For two weeks in 1943, he served as acting Governor of Texas. Lightly wrinkled. Light mailing creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 9, 1905 in Aikin Grove, Red River County, Texas
Died: October 24, 1981 in Paris, Texas

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