El Paso County Republican Party
|September 2001 Vol 1. Issue1|
|WHARTON Â– Maude Conic, the oldest living Texas Republican, celebrated her 113th birthday with
friends and neighbors today in Wharton, Texas.
Â“On behalf of Texas Republicans, I would like to wish you a happy birthday and thank you for a century of support!Â” said Susan Weddington, Republican Party of Texas Chairman.
Ms. Conic, an African-American, recently joined the Wharton chapter of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, becoming the oldest member of that organization in the nation. Ms. Conic is also believed to be the oldest living Texan and the last known survivor of the Great Storm that hit Galveston in 1900 Â– when she was just 12 years old.
An ardent George W. Bush supporter, Ms. Conic asked a friend in 2000 to help her make sure she was registered to vote so she could support the former Texas Governor in the presidential election. Today, she says she is Â“very proudÂ” of President Bush. Â“I think George W. Bush is doing a great job,Â” she says.
Â“After the next election, Ms. Conic will be the only person to have seen her party hold a majority of seats in the Texas House of Representatives on two separate occasions,Â” said Weddington. Â“The last time it happened, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, Ms. Conic was just nine years old!Â”
State GOP Vice Chairman and historian David Barton says that it was not uncommon for African-Americans to be aligned with the Republican Party around the turn of the century. Â“Throughout Reconstruction, over 90% of all Republican Party members were black,Â” Barton says. Â“In fact, Ms. Conic was born during the tenure of Republican State Chairman Norris Wright Cuney, one of the most powerful African-American political leaders in the South during the nineteenth century.Â”
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