The era of Reconstruction varied in length from one Southern state to another. In Texas the ordeal lasted slightly less than nine years and can be divided into three periods. First was Presidential Reconstruction, which included Andrew Johnsons's provisional government from June 19, 1865, to August 20,1866, and the new state government from August 20, 1866, to March 2, 1867, established under the Constitution of 1866. The second was the period of Congressional Reconstruction from March, 1867, to April, 1870, when all civil authority was restored to the state. The third period was that of Radical Republican rule under the Reconstruction Constitution, which lasted from April 16, 1870, to January 17, 1874, at which time Richard Coke succeeded E. J. Davis as governor. During the latter two periods, the Radical Republicans and their allies exerted substantial control over the affairs of the state and generated increasing animosity from the Democrats. Gover
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Publication information: Book title: Chief Executives of Texas:From Stephen F. Austin to John B. Connally, Jr. Contributors: Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. - Author. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press. Place of publication: College Station, TX. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 83.
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