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HURDLESTON, CHARLES H. (1874–1939). Charles H. Hurdleston, railroad manager and member of the Railroad Commission, son of Sam Hurdleston, was born on September 21, 1874, in Asheville, North Carolina. He began railroading as messenger and call boy for the Texas and Pacific Railway and later for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Between 1893 and 1907 he rose through successive ranks of freight brakeman, freight conductor, and passenger conductor to construction superintendent. On April 2, 1902, he married Clare Kemp of Denison; they had a son. From 1907 to 1908 Hurdleston was superintendent of construction of the Isthmus Canal Company and the Panama Railroad Company. From 1908 to 1913 he was again superintendent of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Hurdleston was appointed general manager of the state railroads in 1914 and on October 1, 1916, succeeded William D. Williams as railroad commissioner. In November 1916 he was elected to the Railroad Commission. He left politics for the oil and construction business in 1920. He died at Fort Worth on January 12, 1939.


S. G. Reed, A History of the Texas Railroads (Houston: St. Clair, 1941; rpt., New York: Arno, 1981).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Zelma Scott, "HURDLESTON, CHARLES H.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.