Humble Oil and Refining Company was founded by Ross S. Sterling who served a single two-year term between January 20, 1931 and January 17, 1933, as the 31ST Governor of Texas. A Democrat, Sterling defeated former Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson and several other candidates in the 1930 primary race for governor. During his term in office the East Texas oil fields experienced rapid and uncontrolled development.
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