Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts


Jul. 9, 1815 Birth
Laurens District, SC
1836 Graduate
University of Alabama
1874-79 Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
1879-1883 17th Governor of Texas
1883-93 Professor of Law
University of Texas
May 19, 1898 Death


Oran Milo Roberts was 17th Governor of Texas (1879-1883).

In April 1879, Roberts signed legislature to create Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville. The Sam Houston Normal Institute yearbook, the Alcalde, first published in 1910, was named in honor of Roberts whose nickname was "The Old Alcalde", a Spanish term for a community official, such as mayor or judge.

Mary Estill, in her book Vision Realized (1970), identifies Roberts as one of "Five Who Served Sam Houston Well"- a group of individuals that were instrumental in the formation and early years of Sam Houston Normal Institute.

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