Strong, Sterling Price (1862–1936)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

Sterling Price Strong, oilman, son of James A. and Minerva J. Strong, was born at Jefferson City, Missouri, on August 17, 1862. The family moved to Montague County, Texas, in 1871. Strong attended Eastman's National Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York. From 1886 to 1888 and from 1896 to 1904 he was county clerk of Montague County. He served as enrolling clerk of the Twenty-first Texas Legislature and from 1889 to 1893 was county and district clerk of Hale County. In 1903 he organized the First National Bank of Bowie and became its cashier. In 1908 he moved to Dallas, where he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Texas and a leader of the campaign for statewide prohibition. In 1911 he entered the oil business and became president of the Garrison Coal and Oil Company, which operated in Louisiana and Texas. He represented the state at large in the Seventy-third Congress, 1933–34. Strong died in Dallas on March 28, 1936, and was buried in the old Oak Cliff Cemetery.

Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1936. Lewis E. Daniell, Personnel of the Texas State Government, with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas (Austin: City Printing, 1887; 3d ed., San Antonio: Maverick, 1892).


  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Oil Entrepreneurs and Wildcatters


  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas

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July 1, 1995

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