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A.M. Aikin, Jr. A.M. Aikin, Jr.
Full Name: Alexander Mack Aikin, Jr.
Other surnames: Aiken,
Date of birth: October 9, 1905
Date of death: October 24, 1981

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Jan 14, 1975 - Jan 9, 1979 65th   64th   Democrat Paris / Lamar Dean of the Senate.
Dean of the Senate.  
Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Harrison, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 9, 1973 - Jan 14, 1975 63rd (7)   Democrat Paris / Lamar Dean of the Senate.   Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Harrison, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd   61st   Democrat Paris / Lamar Dean of the Senate.
Dean of the Senate.  
Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 14, 1969 60th (6)   Democrat Paris / Lamar Dean of the Senate.   Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 10, 1967 59th   58th (4) (5) (8)   Democrat Paris / Lamar Dean of the Senate.
Dean of the Senate.  
Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   56th   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   54th   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 1 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 11, 1955 53rd (3)   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus
S 8 Jan 11, 1949 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd   51st   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River
S 8 Jan 9, 1945 - Jan 11, 1949 50th   49th   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River
S 8 Jan 14, 1941 - Jan 9, 1945 48th   47th   Democrat Paris / Lamar Senate President Pro Tem, Ad Interim (Fred Mauritz and A. M. Aikin, Jr.).   Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River
S 8 Jan 12, 1937 - Jan 14, 1941 46th (2)   45th (1)   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River
H 37 Jan 8, 1935 - Jan 12, 1937 44th   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Fannin, Lamar
H 37 Jan 10, 1933 - Jan 8, 1935 43rd   Democrat Paris / Lamar   Fannin, Lamar
(1) 45th Legislature - 1/12/1937, p. 2, listed in "Oath of Office Administered to Senators-Elect." Senate Journal .
(2) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, pp. 1-2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators. . .who were Members of the Forty-fifth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-sixth Legislature." Senate Journal .
(3) 53rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/1953, pp. 16-17. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(4) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal .
(5) 58th Legislature - Presentation of Dean of Senate, 1/9/1963, p. 15. Senator Reagan by unanimous consent presented Senator A. M. Aikin, Jr., as Dean of the Senate, succeeding former Senator R. A. Weinert of Seguin. Senate Journal .
(6) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(7) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(8) See the Senate Journal, 58th Legislature, p. 15. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate' 2002.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 61st Legislature, 1st C.S., SR35, birth of daughter. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 62nd Legislature, 3rd C.S., SR347, recognizing Senator A.M. Aikin, Jr. as the "Father of Modern Texas Education" and providing that a portrait of A.M. Aikin, Jr. be hung in the Senate Chamber. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 63rd Legislature, R.S., SCR95, calling for a Joint Session of the Legislature for the formal unveiling of the portrait of Senator A.M. Aikin, Jr. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 65th Legislature, R.S., SR744, anniversary. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 66th Legislature, HR179, anniversary. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 67th Legislature, 2nd C.S., SCR12. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • Addresses to Joint Session 5/26/1973, honoring Senator A.M. Aikin, Jr., by Senator Ralph Hall, Representative Menton Murray, Governor Dolph Briscoe, and Senator A.M. Aikin, Jr., pursuant to SR 347, 62nd 3rd C.S. and SCR 95, 63rd R.S. Senate Journal .
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch and description of the Aikin Archive collection, A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives .
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Senate Biographies, 63rd Legislature 1973.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. The Senators of Texas, 64th Session 1975.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 43rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 44th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 45th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 46th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 47th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 48th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 49th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 50th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 51st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 52nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 53rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 54th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 55th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 56th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 56th Legislature, Texas Yearbook, 56th Legislature
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 57th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 58th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 63rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 64th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.M. Aikin, Jr., 65th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 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.
  • 49th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 50th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 51st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 52nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 53rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 54th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 55th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 56th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 57th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 58th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 59th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 60th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 61st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 62nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 63rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, west wall. GE.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 64th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 65th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GE.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 43rd session composite photo of House members (3rd floor back hall, east wall. 3W.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 44th session composite photo of House members (3rd floor back hall, east wall. 3W.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Joint session of the legislature called to honor A.M. Aikin, Jr., "a tradition very seldom broken that this state honor a living human being," "Dean of Legislature Honored at Capitol," 5/27/1973. Austin American Statesman .
  • Relatives: A.M. Aikin, Jr. - father; A.M. Aikin, III - son; "Aikin to run for education board," 11/11/1987. Austin American Statesman .
  • "And for those who have wondered what 'A. M.' stands for--it's initials only, no first or middle name," "A Tribute to 37 Years of Service," 5/24/1973. Dallas Morning News .
  • Photograph, Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process 1950.
  • AIKIN, A. M., JR. (1905-1981). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Census of 1910 lists Alexander Aikin, Jr., 4 years old, Red River, TX. HeritageQuest Online 1999.
  • Occupational and biographical information - 45th Legislature, Chapter 1, "The Big Job," pp. 1-17. The Legislature and the Texas People 1937.
  • Obituary, 10/26/1981, "A.M. Aikin, longest tenured in Texas legislature, is dead." New York Times .
  • Mentioned in history of Senatorial redistricting for Lamar County, "Backward glances, from the scrapbooks of the late A.W. Neville, Editor of the Paris News, 1936-1956, 3/14/1951," republished 8/26/1976, p. 6. Paris News .
  • Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar County, TX. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries .
  • As Senate President Pro Tem, Aikin declared martial law in Beaumont, TX, following race riots, "Sen. Aikin has Busy Time Pinch-Hitting for Stevenson as Martial Law Reigns," 6/21/1943. State Observer 1939.
  • Photo, Texas Education Agency .
  • Committee Informationtop
    65th R.S. - 1977
    Education  
    Finance (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    64th R.S. - 1975
    Education  
    Finance (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Texas Constitution (Chair) 
    63rd R.S. - 1973
    Education  
    Finance (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Administration (Vice Chair) 
    Administration  
    Commerce and Industry  
    County, District and Urban Affairs  
    Education  
    Environment  
    Finance (Chair) 
    General Investigating, Special  
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Public Junior Colleges, Interim  
    Public School Finance, Interim  
    Rules  
    Rules of the Senate  
    State Affairs  
    Teacher Retirement Benefits, Interim  
    Urban Education  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Commerce and Industry  
    Consumer Protection  
    Contingent Expense (Vice Chair) 
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Mental Health and Mental Retardation Law  
    Nominations  
    Rules  
    Rules of the Senate  
    State Affairs  
    State and Local School Disricts Financial Relationship (Committee of Eighteen) (Chair) 
    State Departments and Institutions  
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Banking  
    Constitutional Revision Commission  
    Contingent Expenses (Vice Chair) 
    Education  
    Finance (Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Rules (Chair) 
    Rules of the Senate  
    State Affairs  
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expense (Chair) 
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Insurance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Public Health  
    Rules (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    58th R.S. - 1963
    Contingent Expense (Chair) 
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Insurance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Rules  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
    Transportation  
    57th R.S. - 1961
    Counties, Cities and Towns (Chair) 
    Education  
    Finance  
    General Investigating  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  
    State Insurance Board, Investigation  
    Transportation  
    56th R.S. - 1959
    Banking  
    Counties, Cities and Towns (Chair) 
    Education  
    Finance  
    General Investigating  
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    55th R.S. - 1957
    Banking  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance Company of Texas, Investigation, Special  
    Nominations  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public School System (Hale-Aikin Committee of Twenty-Four) (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Transportation (Vice Chair) 
    54th R.S. - 1955
    Commerce and Manufacturing  
    Congressional Districts  
    Conservation of Paintings  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance  
    Labor  
    Nominations of the Governor (Chair) 
    Preservation and Conservation of Paintings, Special  
    Segregation in Public Schools, Advisory  
    Segregation in Public Schools, Legal and Legislative Subcommittee on  
    State Affairs  
    53rd R.S. - 1953
    Assignment or Employment, Special (Chair) 
    Banking  
    Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Educational Affairs (Chair) 
    Finance  
    General Investigating  
    Labor  
    Preservation and Conservation of Paintings, Special  
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Texas Commission on Higher Education  
    52nd R.S. - 1951
    Assignment, Special  
    Congressional Districts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Educational Affairs (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Labor  
    Nominations of the Governor (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    51st R.S. - 1949
    Aeronautics  
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Education  
    Employees Assignment, Special (Chair) 
    Finance  
    General Investigating (Chair) 
    General Investigating, Special (Chair) 
    Labor  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Rules  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
    50th R.S. - 1947
    Aeronautics  
    Banking (Vice Chair) 
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expense (Chair) 
    Education  
    Employees Assignment, Special (Chair) 
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    General Investigating, Special (Board of Pardons and Paroles; Texas Good Road Association) (Chair) 
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Labor  
    Nominations of Governor  
    Penitentiaries  
    Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special  
    Rules  
    Rural Aid Equalization, Special Joint Legislative  
    State Affairs  
    49th R.S. - 1945
    Agriculture  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Contingent Expense (Chair) 
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Employment, Special (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Finance  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Veterans' Affairs  
    48th R.S. - 1943
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Brazos River Conservation and Reclamation District, Investigation, Special  
    Civil Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Judicial Districts  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Rules (Chair) 
    State Penitentiaries  
    Textbooks, Investigation, Special and Interim  
    47th R.S. - 1941
    Agriculture  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Vice Chair) 
    Education  
    Eleemosynary Appropriation, Special  
    Finance (Chair) 
    General Investigating, Special  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Judicial Districts  
    Military Affairs  
    Nominations of Governor  
    Senatorial Districts  
    46th R.S. - 1939
    Agriculture  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Highways and Motor Traffic (Vice Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Military Affairs  
    Nominations of Governor  
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    45th R.S. - 1937
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts (Chair) 
    Educational Affairs  
    Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Rural Aid to Schools, Special  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Finance  
    General Appropriations Bill Preparation, Special  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Privileges and Elections (Vice Chair) 
    Rules  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    44th R.S. - 1935
    Appropriations  
    Counties  
    Education (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    43rd R.S. - 1933
    Claims and Accounts  
    Counties  
    Education  
    Judicial Districts  
    State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  
     

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