Since its original printing in 1952, the publication of the Handbook of Texas has been made possible through the support of its users. As an independent nonprofit, TSHA relies on your contributions to close the funding gap for the online Handbook and keep it a freely accessible resource for users worldwide. Please make a donation today to preserve the most comprehensive encyclopedic resource on Texas history. Donate Today »


Robin Dutton

MAYER, EDWIN S. (1896–1963). Edwin S. Mayer, politician and leader in the Republican party, son of Sol and Ernestine E. Mayer, was born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 1, 1896. He attended grade schools in Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Denver and graduated from high school at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois. He studied business administration at the University of Denver. From 1924 he made his living by raising sheep and goats. He was the president and manager of the Lone Star Wool and Mohair Cooperative Association during the 1930s, as well as director of the San Angelo National Bank. For two years Mayer served as vice president of the National Wool Growers Association and presided over the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. He was a Thirty-second-degree Mason, president of the San Angelo Community Concert Association, president of the Rotary Club, a member of the Concho Valley Council of the Boy Scouts, and a member of the American Legion. He served for twenty-seven months in World War I and four years in World War II, in which he was a lieutenant colonel in the air force. Mayer was a member of the state Republican Executive Committee beginning in 1953. He was an elector three times, twice for Dwight D. Eisenhower and once for Wendell Willkie. He ran for governor in 1958 but was defeated seven-to-one by Marion Price Daniel, Sr. Meyer then went on to become the Republican county chairman for Sutton County. In 1960 he attended the Republican national convention as a member of the Texas delegation. He received national attention when he was the lone delegate to abstain from the vote electing Henry Cabot Lodge as Nixon's running mate. Mayer married Minnie Hirsh on February 15, 1926, and they had four sons and one daughter. The family was active in the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in San Angelo. Mayer died on March 26, 1963, in San Francisco at the Christian Science Benevolent Association after being ill for several months.

Paul D. Casdorph, A History of the Republican Party in Texas, 1865–1965 (Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965). Sheep and Goat Raisers' Magazine, April 1963. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Robin Dutton, "MAYER, EDWIN S.," accessed June 26, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox