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Author Carrozza, Anthony R., 1942- author

Title Dukes of Duval County : the Parr family and Texas politics / Anthony R. Carrozza
Published Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2017
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Contents Part I. Birth of a Dynasty -- Texas Politics -- The Duke of Duval -- George Parr's Early Years -- George Becomes the Duke -- Part II. The Peak of Power -- The 1948 Senate Election -- Investigations and Court Battles -- Bill Mason -- Gathering Forces -- Buddy Floyd -- Empire under Attack -- Part III. Treading Water -- Uncovering the Hidden -- Court Time -- Fighting to Keep Control -- Indictments, Trials, and a Pulitzer -- Awaiting Trial -- Part IV. Derailed by Civil and Criminal Cases -- Civil Suits -- Mail Fraud -- Politics and Trials -- Texas Tries Parr -- Mail Fraud Redux -- Regaining Power -- Part V. End of the Dynasty -- A Routine Tax Audit -- Closing In On the Duke -- Tax Evasion Trial -- Death of the Duke -- After the Duke
Summary "A comprehensive study of the Parr family's political activities in South Texas, how three generations manipulated the ballot box in Duval County and the surrounding areas through violence and corruption for more than seventy years and critically influenced the course of the nation"--Provided by publisher
"The notorious Parr family manipulated local politics in South Texas for decades. Archie Parr, his son George, and his grandson Archer relied on violence and corruption to deliver the votes that propelled their chosen candidates to office. The influence of the Parr political machine peaked during the 1948 senatorial primary, when election officials found the infamous Ballot Box 13 six days after the polls closed. That box provided a slim eighty-seven-vote lead to Lyndon B. Johnson, initiating the national political career of the future U.S. president. Dukes of Duval County begins with Archie Parr's organization of the Mexican American electorate into a potent voting bloc, which marked the beginning of his three-decade campaign for control of every political office in Duval County and the surrounding area. Archie's son George, who expanded the Parrs' dominion to include jobs, welfare payments, and public works, became a county judge thanks to his father's influence--but when George was arrested and imprisoned for accepting payoffs, only a presidential pardon advocated by then-congressman Lyndon Johnson allowed George to take office once more. Further legal misadventures haunted George and his successor, Archer, but in the end it took the combined force of local, state, and federal governments and the courageous efforts of private citizens to overthrow the Parr family. In this first comprehensive study of the Parr family's political activities, Anthony R. Carrozza reveals the innermost workings of the Parr dynasty, a political machine that drove South Texas politics for more than seventy years and critically influenced the course of the nation"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Parr, Archie, 1860 or 1861-1942 -- Family
Parr family
Parr, Archie, 1860 or 1861-1942.
Parr family.
Elections -- Texas -- Duval County -- History -- 20th century
Political corruption -- Texas -- Duval County -- History -- 20th century
Political violence -- Texas -- Duval County -- History -- 20th century
Politicians -- Texas -- Duval County -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical.
Elections.
Families.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Local.
Political corruption.
Political violence.
Politicians.
Politics and government.
Duval County (Tex.) -- Biography
Duval County (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Texas, South -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Texas -- Duval County.
Texas, South.
Genre/Form Biography.
History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0806159561 (electronic bk.)
9780806159560 (electronic bk.)