Texans elect closet klansman U.S. Senator

By Bartee Haile
On Aug. 16, 1922, prohibitionist Cullen F. Thomas, eliminated in the first round of voting for a seat in the United States Senate, endorsed front-runner Earle B. Mayfield, the Klan candidate, in the upcoming runoff. Alcoholism and Bright’s disease earned Charles A. Culberson the derisive nickname “the sick old man of the Senate.” Nevertheless, the four-term incumbent was determined to die on the job and announced he would stand for reelection in 1922. 
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