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Coke, Richard

Richard Coke achieved prominence as a politician and jurist in the state of Texas.

Coke was born March 13, 1829, in Williams-burg, Virginia. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1849 and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1850. After a tour of military duty during the Civil War, Coke became a district court judge in 1865 and subsequently presided as an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1866 to 1867.

In 1874 Coke was elected governor of Texas. Two years later he became a member of the U.S. Senate, representing Texas until 1894. He died May 14, 1897, in Waco, Texas.

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Writing in the 1920s, the British historian Richard Coke, in his book, "Baghdad: The City of Peace,'' described it this way: "The magnificent scale on which the Christian festivals were celebrated in the churches led to many Muslims attending the services, and it was, we are told, a popular custom at holiday times to repair to one of the country monasteries with which the neighborhood abounded, 'for dancing, drinking and pleasure-making.
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He was asked to serve as a member of the Texas Supreme Court by Governor Richard Coke but declined for personal reasons.