Ferguson Forum begins publication
On this day in 1917, the Ferguson Forum, a weekly political newspaper, began publication in Temple, Texas. The paper was the organ of Governor James E. Ferguson throughout eighteen years of his stormy political life. He considered it necessary because Texas newspapers had "submarined the truth" concerning his impeachment. Ferguson and his wife, Miriam Amanda (Ma) Ferguson, used the paper to generate campaign funds as well as to present their views to the public. During Ma Ferguson's first term as governor in the 1920s, her administration was criticized for awarding lucrative highway contracts to firms that purchased expensive advertising space in the Forum. The paper continued publication until April 11, 1935.