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Charles F. Herring Charles F. Herring
Full Name: Charles Ferguson Herring
Date of birth: June 1, 1914
Date of death: January 15, 2004

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 14 Jan 9, 1973 - Jun 1, 1973 63rd (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis
S 14 Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 12, 1971 61st   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 14, 1969 60th (4)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 12, 1965 - Jan 10, 1967 59th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 12, 1965 58th (5)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th (6) (7)   Democrat Austin / Travis Senate President Pro Tempore (57th)   Bastrop, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Travis, Williamson
S 14 Jan 8, 1957 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Bastrop, Travis, Williamson
(1) Lloyd A. Doggett, Jr., in special election 8/14/1973, took office 8/18/1973, succeeded Charles F. Herring, resigned 6/1/1973. First session was 63rd 1st Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) Special election 7/17/1973, runoff 8/14/1973. Texas Secretary of State - Election Dates Including Special Elections, 1966-2001.
(4) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(5) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(6) 57th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, 3rd C.S., elected 1/3/1962. Senate Journal.
(7) Presiding officers and acting lieutenant governors after Ramsey's resignation were President Pro Tempore ad Interim Bruce A. Reagan; President Pro Tempore Charles F. Herring, succeeded 1/3/1962, and presiding during 3rd Called Session; and President Pro Tempore ad Interim Culp Krueger, succeeded 2/1/1962. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 57th Legislature, 3rd C.S., 1/22/1962, p. 207. Message from Acting Governor Charles F. Herring commending the Legislature (Governor for a Day). House Journal.
  • 57th Legislature, 3rd C.S., SR 39, Governor for a Day, 1/22/1962, Message from the Acting Governor. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 58th Legislature, R.S., SR 131. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 59th Legislature, R.S., SR 827. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 61st Legislature, R.S., SR 1046. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 62nd Legislature, R.S., SR 1482. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 63rd Legislature, R.S., SR 934. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance, 2005.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Navy, Lieutenant Commander, World War II. "He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and became a commissioned officer. During his service in the Pacific he was wounded three times and awarded the Bronze Star and the Navy Cross. After leaving active duty in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant commander, he returned to private law practice." A State of Remembrance, 2005.
  • United States Navy, World War II. "In 1943 Charles enlisted in the Navy. Being from Stampede Valley and knowing almost nothing about ships or the Navy, when the enlistment officer offered him alternative commissions as either a lieutenant junior grade or an ensign (the lower rank), he mistakenly selected the lower rank as ensign. He served in the Pacific as a group commander of assault landing craft during several invasions, including Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Leyte Gulf, and Lingayen Gulf. In the Lingayen Gulf landing, a Japanese mortar hit squarely in the middle of his craft, destroying the boat and killing all thirty soldiers and crew, except for him. He was knocked into the water, unconscious, but was rescued by another ship.
    During the war, his mother became deathly ill. Lyndon Johnson learned of the illness, and orchestrated the sending of a secret message to him conveying the bad news. Charles asked for leave to return to see his mother, but his request was refused. He then went AWOL, hitch-hiking with sympathetic supply-plane crews across the Pacific. He arrived at the hospital in Waco and saw his mother for 30 minutes. Then she died. After a complicated return trip to the Pacific-including a stay on a nearly deserted island with a band of Australian Navy deserters who kindly fed and took care of him for a week-he returned to his ship and his captain reassigned him to duty, without discipline." Texas State Cemetery.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 55th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 56th Legislature, Texas Yearbook, 56th Legislature
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 56th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 57th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 58th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Charles F. Herring, 63rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 55th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 56th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 57th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 58th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 59th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 60th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 61st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 62nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 63rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Herring, Charles Ferguson. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    63rd R.S. - 1973
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Jurisprudence Subcommittee on Civil Matters  
    Planting of Jim Hogg Pecan Tree in Honor of American POWs and MIAs, Special  
    State Artist Selection, Special  
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Banking  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Election Law Study  
    Finance  
    Foreign Livestock Trade and Grain Development  
    Insurance  
    Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations (Vice Chair) 
    Parks and Recreation  
    Personnel Policy  
    Prairie View A&M College, Investigation (Chair) 
    Prairie View A&M College, Investigation, Special (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Public School Finance, Interim  
    State Affairs  
    Traffic Court System  
    Urban Education  
    Vacancy Laws  
    Youth Affairs  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Agriculture and Industry (Chair) 
    Claims  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Corporate Farming, Livestock Feeding and Ranching Operations  
    County, District, and Urban Affairs  
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Land Use and Environmental Control  
    Nominations  
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Public Health  
    Rules  
    Rules of the Senate  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    Tort Claims Act  
    Youth Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Charitable Immunity  
    Claims  
    Economy in State Government  
    Enrolled and Engrossed Bills  
    Finance  
    Flag of Alamo, Special (Chair) 
    Governor's Mansion Preservation  
    Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Land Use and Environmental Control  
    Multistate Tax Compact Advisory Committee  
    Nominations  
    Parking and Traffic  
    Parks and Recreation  
    Placement of Lieutenant Governors' Portraits  
    Public Health  
    Rules (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Banking  
    Claims (Vice Chair) 
    Enrolled and Engrossed Bills  
    Finance  
    Flag of Santa Anna  
    Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Multiple Use and Pollution of All Waters of Texas (Cont. of Bays of Texas, 58th)  
    Nominations  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Return of Flag of Alamo  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    58th R.S. - 1963
    Claims  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Nominations (Chair) 
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions (Vice Chair) 
    57th R.S. - 1961
    Allocate Space in Capitol for Two Houses  
    Claims (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations (Vice Chair) 
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    56th R.S. - 1959
    Claims (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Finance  
    Investment Practices of State Funds, Investigation  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Public Health  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    55th R.S. - 1957
    Claims  
    Finance  
    General Investigating (Chair) 
    Insurance Company of Texas, Investigation, Special (Chair) 
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Public Health  
    State Departments and Institutions (Chair) 
    Utilize Available Space in Capitol Building  
     

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