Sarah Ann Stinson Hogg

The full gown is shown on a dress form. It is a light salmon taffeta brocade with a lace collar.
Photo is courtesy of Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas.

Sarah Ann Stinson was born in Georgia in 1854. Her family moved to Quitman, Texas, where Sarah met James Stephen Hogg, editor of his own newspaper. James Stephen Hogg was elected justice of the peace. After passing the bar examination, he was elected county attorney and then district attorney.

  • 1886 - James Stephen Hogg was elected attorney general and moved his family to Austin. 
  • 1890 - James Stephen Hogg was the first native son to be elected the Governor of Texas. He was the first to use the newly built capitol building.
  • While in poor health, Sarah Ann Stinson Hogg moved into the Governor's Mansion. The Mansion was in poor condition and no state funds were available for refurbishing. Using her talents, Sarah was able to convert the Mansion to a comfortable home at a minimum of expense.

The gown is made of taffeta brocade; its color is a very delicate hint of salmon pink. The collar of seed pearls and lace is removable to make a low d├ęcolletage. The bertha of beautiful duchess lace falls softly over the shoulders and the tops of the leg-of-mutton sleeves. The skirt is lined with crinoline, and the hem is faced back with satin.