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henry pomeroy "roy" miller (1884–1946), once the "boy mayor of corpus
christi", was a texas newspaperman, politician, and lobbyist influential
in both the state capital austin and national capital washington, d.c.
he represented sulphur interests in texas.
as a boy, he worked as a soda jerk and had
three newspaper routes in houston, until he finished high school as
valedictorian at age 15.
he attended university of chicago on a
scholarship, waited tables, and tutored other students. he was among six
lower division students to win a university prize for excellence in
declamation (summer, 1901) and took part in the freshman sophomore
debate on whether england was right in the second boer war (march 15,
1902). he finished his four year curriculum in three years.
after college, he was a reporter (and
railroad editor) at the houston post. from about 1905 he was an
advertising and immigration agent for kleberg's
st. louis, brownsville and mexico railway. in
that capacity, he ran special trains every other week to promote the
sale of farm land along the railroad. from 1907 to 1911 he ran another
kleberg business, the the caller, as its editor.
roy miller was elected mayor of corpus christi
at age 29. during his term of office (1913-1919) the city made major
improvements in water supply and paving roads.
not long after his unsuccessful bid for
reelection, miller headed the relief committee after the 1919 hurricane
struck corpus christi.
his lobbying efforts,
aided by his friendship with u.s. representative
john nance garner, led to corpus christi's
designation as a deep water port and federal appropriations to build the
he was renowned in austin as a lobbyist who
supplied members of the texas state legislature with bourbon, beefsteak,
and blondes. in washington, he had a
reserved table in the house restaurant where members could eat at his
he was a successful
lobbyist in new deal washington, though he was privately contemptuous of
president franklin d. roosevelt and
his policies. among the miller group were representative
martin dies, jr., rep. richard m. kleberg, ge
lobbyist horatio h. "rasch" adams, rep. nat patton, james p. buchanan,
and rep. hatton w. sumners.
he enjoyed carte blanche access to rep.
kleberg's office on capitol hill. when kleberg opposed the "socialistic"
and "radical" 1933 agricultural adjustment administration bill, miller
and lyndon johnson persuaded him to vote yes because it was politically
he represented texas
gulf sulphur, a company that needed deep harbors on the gulf coast. he
was personally close to joseph j. mansfield, chairman of the house
committee on rivers and harbors.