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John H. Bailey John H. Bailey
Full Name: John Heywood Bailey
Date of birth: September 22, 1864
Date of death: August 27, 1940

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Jan 13, 1925 - Jan 8, 1929 40th (1)   39th (2) (3)   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt Dean of the Senate. (40th)
Dean of the Senate. (39th)  
Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wilson
S 22 Jan 9, 1923 - Jan 13, 1925 38th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
S 22 Jan 14, 1919 - Jan 9, 1923 37th (7) (8)   36th (9)   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt Senate President Pro Tempore (37th)   Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
S 22 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 14, 1919 35th (10) (11)   34th (12)   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt Senate President Pro Tempore (35th)   Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
S 22 Aug 11, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd (13) (14)   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
H 82 Jan 10, 1899 - Jan 8, 1901 26th   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   DeWitt, Goliad
H 82 Jan 12, 1897 - Jan 10, 1899 25th   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   DeWitt, Goliad
H 82 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   DeWitt, Goliad
(1) 40th Legislature - 1/11/1927, p. 1, listed in "Roll Call of Holdover Senators." Senate Journal.
(2) 39th Legislature - 1/13/1925, p. 1, shows all 31 Senators were elected on 11/4/1924. Senate Journal.
(3) 39th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/15/1925, pp. 34-35. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(4) John T. Bailey. Texas Legislative Manual.
(5) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1924 due to redistricting. Act approved 1921 and effective Apr. 1, 1924, 37th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 60, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) 38th Legislature - 1/9/1923, p. 1-2, List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November Seventh, 1922. Senate Journal.
(7) 37th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 7/18/1921, 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(8) 37th Legislature - 1/11/1921, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call of Holdover Senators/Absent. Senate Journal.
(9) 36th Legislature - 1/14/1919, pp. 1-2, listed as "member-elect" in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 5th, 1918. Senate Journal.
(10) 35th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President and President Pro Tem 4/27/1917, 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(11) 35th Legislature - 1/9/1917, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call of Holdover Senators. Senate Journal.
(12) 34th Legislature - 1/12/1915, pp. 1-2, listed as elected on November 3, 1914. Senate Journal.
(13) Democrat - "Announcements: For State Senator," 7/30/1913, p. 2. John H. Bailey, of Cuero, is a candidate for state senator at election to be held Tuesday, 8/5/1913, "subject to the Democratic primaries, if any are held." Daily Advocate (Victoria, Texas).
(14) John H. Bailey, in special election 8/5/1913, sworn 8/11/1913, succeeded William O. Murray, resigned 7/15/1913. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Mentioned in FANNIN BATTLEGROUND STATE HISTORIC SITE. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • John Halifax Bailey of Cuero. Biographical sketch, Senate of the 35th Legislature, "A Look at the Affairs of State: The Real Names and Addresses of Thirty-one Senators With Additional Facts," 3/22/1917, p. 6. Houston Post.
  • Biographical sketch. Texas State Government: a Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature, 1897.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 25th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 26th Legislature, A State of Remembrance
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 33rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 36th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 37th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 38th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 39th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John H. Bailey, 40th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 33rd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 34th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, south wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 35th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 36th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 37th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 38th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 39th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 40th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 24th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 25th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 26th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 24th session composite photo of House members by Hill (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Other Resources
  • "Rites for Former State Senator Be Held in Capitol," 8/30/1940, p. 2. Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light.
  • "John H. Bailey Dies," 8/29/1940, p. 10A. San Antonio Express.
  • Memorial, October 1940, p. 467. John Heywood Bailey. In honor of his lengthy service, the body of Senator Bailey lay in state in the Senate Chamber for two hours on August 30, 1940. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Frequent newspaper references are made to Senator Bailey using the title "Dean of the Senate." See Austin Daily Statesman, March 20, 1925, p.10, col.7 and January 10, 1927, p.1, col.4, and San Antonio Express, February 2, 1927, p.6, col.7. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
  • Bailey, John H. Texas State Cemetery.
  • "Former State Solon is Buried in Austin," 9/1/1940, p. 7. Valley Star-Morning Herald (Harlingen, McAllen, Brownsville, Texas).
  • Committee Informationtop
    40th R.S. - 1927
    Civil Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Highways and Motor Traffic (Vice Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor  
    Loan Company Legislation  
    McArdle Heirs (Chair) 
    Public Debts  
    Rules  
    39th R.S. - 1925
    Civil Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor  
    Public Debts  
    Public Health (Vice Chair) 
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Highways and Motor Traffic as of 1/23/1925)  
    Rules  
    38th R.S. - 1923
    Civil Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements  
    Nominations by the Governor  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Senatorial Districts  
    37th R.S. - 1921
    Civil Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements (Vice Chair) 
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Senatorial Districts  
    Site for State Park  
    State Affairs  
    36th R.S. - 1919
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Judicial Districts  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Rules (Vice Chair) 
    Sanitary Conditions in Austin, Investigate  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    35th R.S. - 1917
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Educational Affairs  
    Formulate the Rules of Procedure in the Trial Upon the Articles of Impeachment of Governor James B. Ferguson, Governor.  
    Insurance and Banking  
    Internal Improvements  
    Investigation of Expenditures on Capitol and Disloyalty of Certain State Employees  
    Military Affairs  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Privileges and Elections  
    34th R.S. - 1915
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Educational Affairs  
    Inspect Capitol  
    Insurance, Statistics and History  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Mining and Irrigation  
    Penitentiary Investigating Committee  
    State Asylums  
    State Penitentiaries  
    33rd R.S. - 1913
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Finance  
    Insurance, Statistics and History  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Mining and Irrigation  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Rules  
    State Penitentiaries  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    26th R.S. - 1899
    Irrigation  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 2 (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    Rules  
    State Reformatory, Joint Committee on  
    25th R.S. - 1897
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Federal Relations  
    Judiciary No. 2 (Chair) 
    24th R.S. - 1895
    Education  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penal Code and Code Criminal Procedure, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
     

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