Leaders Come From County
Anderson County has given Texas and the nation more than its share of leadership.
Schools throughout the South bear the name Reagan for John Henniger Reagan of Palestine. Surveyor, lawyer, Indian uprising militia officer, circuit judge, postmaster general and treasurer of the Confederacy, first chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, U. S. Senator and moving force in creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission -- Reagan was a giant of his tree larger in deeds than Pompeii Coppini's 1911 Old Roman bronze crowning Reagan
Congressmen from Palestine have included A. W. Gregg and Tom Pickett, among others.
Jerry Sadler of Hickory Grove served Texas in Reagan's consumer-oriented role as Railroad Commissioner and 10 years of a distinguished record as Commissioner of the General Land Office.
Capt. W. T. Sadler served in the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
Thomas Mitchell Campbell of Palestine was elected governor of Texas in 1906 and was reelected in 1906. He was largely responsible for the Texas State Railroad being built from Rusk to Palestine during his gubernatorial incumbency. A tall pristine obelisk stands above his grave.
Tucker Royall, bank president, chaired a vital agency which brought "hot oil" under control during the East Texas Field boom days.