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The Rosenberg Library Collection - Maco Stewart Political Telecasts (1962)

Galveston and Texas History Center - Rosenberg Library

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  •  Against auto-insurers penalizing drivers for traffic violations 
  •  Smash! 
  •  State responsibility 
  •  In support of an equal rights amendment 
  •  Against secret senate sessions 
  •  Extended telecast 
  •  Stewart outlines his priorities should he take office 
  •  In comparison to the North Carolina system 
  •  High-water insurance scam 
  •  Importance of education 
  •  Choosing state versus federal aid 
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Maco Stewart III, a Galveston lawyer, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1960 to 1963. In 1962, he ran for state senator, challenging incumbent A. R. “Babe” Schwartz in the Democratic primary for District 17. (Schwartz won the nomination and the general election, keeping his seat in the senate until 1981.) This footage features a series of political telecasts from Stewart’s campaign. Many focus on his opposition to the merit-rating system for auto insurance, which Stewart argues unfairly penalizes drivers for traffic violations. He also advocates for open legislative sessions and an equal rights amendment to the Texas Constitution.
Maco Stewart III was born on March 20, 1931, in Bexar County. He studied economics at Princeton University before enlisting in the United States Marine Corp, ultimately serving as a combat-platoon leader in Korea. Returning to Texas after the war, Stewart attended the University of Texas School of Law and worked as an assistant state attorney general. He represented Galveston for one term in the Texas House of Representatives before unsuccessfully running for state senator in 1962. 
Following his brief political career, Stewart represented the business interests of his wealthy family, leading the Stewart Title Company to national leadership and serving as president of Stewart Petroleum until his death.
Stewart’s exuberant, jet-setting lifestyle led many in Texas to compare him to the titular character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. He went skiing in Aspen wearing only leather shorts and boots, flew to India to find wisdom from gurus, and aided the Miskito people against the Sandinistas. 
Stewart died on July 11, 1955, of congestive heart failure at his home in Houston, five years after receiving a successful heart transplant. He was 64.