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Clay Cotten Clay Cotten
Full Name: Clay Cotten
Date of birth: September 4, 1884
Date of death: August 16, 1944

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 12, 1943 - Aug 16, 1944 48th (1) (2)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson Dean of the Senate, died 8/16/1944. (48th)   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
S 6 Jan 10, 1939 - Jan 12, 1943 47th (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)   46th (8)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson Senate President Pro Tempore (47th)   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
S 6 Jan 8, 1935 - Jan 10, 1939 45th (9)   44th (10)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
(1) James E. Taylor, in special election 11/7/1944, succeeded Clay Cotten, died 8/16/1944. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Although Cotten shared seniority with Senators [Weaver] Moore, Shivers, and Sulak, a statement in the Senate Journal indicates that Senator Cotten was chosen dean. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(3) Journal does not indicate who assumed title of Dean of the Senate during the regular session. However, Olan Van Zandt served as chair of the senate caucus, an honor traditionally bestowed upon the dean, pp. 9-11. Senate Journal.
(4) Journal does not confirm who assumed the title of dean during the regular session of the 47th legislature; however, Senator Van Zandt was chairman of the senate caucus, a honor traditionally bestowed on the dean of the senate. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(5) Lists Cotten, Hill, Weaver Moore, Shivers, Sulak, and Van Zandt as having most seniority, 47th Legislature. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(6) 47th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Regular Session, elected 1/14/1941. Senate Journal.
(7) Caucus report for 47th Legislature, 1st called session signed, Olan R. Van Zandt, Dean of the Senate, p. 10, Senate Journal.
(8) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, p. 2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators-Elect." Senate Journal.
(9) 45th Legislature - 1/12/1937, pp. 1-2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators. . .who were Members of the Forty-fourth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-fifth Legislature." Senate Journal.
(10) 44th Legislature - 1/8/1935, p. 1, listed in "Roll Call of New Senators" and "Certificate of New Senators." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 49th Legislature, R.S., SR 17, 1/17/1945, p. 83. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biography and portrait, pp. 409-412. Centennial History of Anderson County Texas, Showing the Development of this Important County. . ., 1936.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Clay Cotten, 44th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Clay Cotten, 45th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Clay Cotten, 46th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Clay Cotten, 47th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Clay Cotten, 48th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 44th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 45th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 46th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 47th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 48th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Memorial, October 1944, p. 334. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Committee Informationtop
    48th R.S. - 1943
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Feed Shortage, Investigation, Special  
    Insurance  
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
    47th R.S. - 1941
    Banking  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Insurance  
    Interstate Cooperation (Vice Chair) 
    Penitentiaries  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands and Land Office (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    46th R.S. - 1939
    Banking  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Vice Chair) 
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Insurance (Chair) 
    Interstate Co-operation  
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Affairs  
    Towns and City Corporations (Vice Chair) 
    45th R.S. - 1937
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Educational Affairs (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Insurance  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Judicial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    Labor  
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Affairs  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    44th R.S. - 1935
    Congressional Districts (Chair) 
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education (Chair) 
    Educational Affairs  
    Employment, Special  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Labor  
    Noncontested Bills, Special  
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Vice Chair) 
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Affairs  
    State Institutions and Departments  
     

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