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Billie Sol Estes
"Billie Sol Estes (b. 1924, Abilene, Texas) was a Texas-based financier who was convicted of mail and mortgage fraud for having swindled many investors, banks and the federal government out of at least twenty-four million dollars through false agricultural subsidy claims on cotton production and the use of non-existent supplies of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer as collateral for loans." (source: Wikipedia definition)
From: "Billie Sol Estes" article on Wikipedia.org website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Sol_Estes; viewed 25 October 2005):
Billie Sol Estes (b. 1924, Abilene, Texas) is a scandal-ridden Texas-based financier best known for his association with US President Lyndon B. Johnson and for accusing Johnson with a variety of crimes, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Estes was born in Abilene and began amassing his fortune through the federal surplus grain program. After marrying in 1946 he moved to the small town of Pecos where he sold irrigation pumps powered by natural gas, using the profits to start another successful business selling anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.
From: Don Haymes, "RE: cultural history--our novelists, poets, artists and actors?", written 9 January 1998, post in "Stone-Campbell Archives" section on the Abilene Christian University website (http://www.bible.acu.edu/s-c/Default.asp?Bookmark=18131; viewed 16 March 2005):
...you will probably want to look into Dale A Jorgenson, Theological and Aesthetic Roots in the Stone-Campbell Movement (Kirksville MO: Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1989)...
...As for "Christian" politicians [i.e., politicians who were members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] we need look no farther than James Abram Garfield, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Gus Howard, and Louie Welch.
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