Edward House meets presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson
On this day in 1911, wealthy Houston native Edward M. House, a powerful force in Texas politics, met presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson for the first time. House and Wilson formed a friendship that lasted for years. In the 1890s House had established himself as a power broker in Texas, working largely behind the scenes. From 1894 to 1906 House's protégés served as governors of Texas. His friendship with Wilson enabled House to become a player in Washington. During Wilson's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination of 1912, House used his influence to secure the forty votes of the Texas delegation. After Wilson's election to the presidency House was responsible for the appointment of several Texans to important cabinet positions. House acted as an advisor and confidant to Wilson until the president suffered a stroke in 1919.