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J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr.
Full Name: Joseph Searcy Bracewell, Jr.
Date of birth: January 19, 1918
Date of death: May 13, 2003

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 13, 1959 55th (1)   54th   Democrat Houston / Harris Senate President Pro Tempore (55th)   Harris
S 6 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 11, 1955 53rd (2)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
S 16 Jan 9, 1951 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd (3)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
S 16 Jan 11, 1949 - Jan 9, 1951 51st (4)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 19-3 Jan 14, 1947 - Jan 11, 1949 50th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
(1) 55th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, 1st C.S., elected 10/14/1957; and Ad Interim 1st C.S., elected 11/12/1957. Senate Journal.
(2) 53rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/1953, pp. 16-17. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1952 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) In Senate, Maribelle (Mrs. W. Lacy) Stewart, in special election 4/19/1947, sworn 4/23/1947, succeeded to unexpired term of W. Lacy Stewart, died 3/22/1947. She resigned 12/3/1948, and was succeeded for unexpired term in special election 1/9/1949, by J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., sworn 1/11/1949. In House, Carlton Moore, Sr., in special election 1/8/1949, sworn 1/11/1949, succeeded J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., resigned 12/9/1948. 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
  • 53rd Legislature, R.S., SR 30. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 54th Legislature, R.S., SR 15. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance, 2005.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Army, Major, World War II. "As a former Texas A&M Cadet, Searcy Bracewell was called to active duty as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1941. After an initial assignment as a cavalry officer at Fort Clark, he shipped out to England in 1943 to join the forces gathering for the invasion of Europe. He was assigned to a position as Assistant G-4 on the staff of Gen. George Patton's Third Army, where he served until the end of the war. He was awarded the European Theater Medal with five battle stars and was honorably discharged as a major in 1945." Memorials, Searcy Bracewell, Jr.
    "From 1941-45 he served in the U.S. Army, with two and a half years spent overseas during World War II. He served in World War II as a member of Gen. George Patton's staff in charge of supplies and evacuation." "Searcy Bracewell, Founding Partner of Bracewell & Patterson, Dies 5/15/03." Joseph Marion Bracewell Genealogy and Family History.
  • United States Army, Major. "During World War II he served on the staff of General George Patton's Third Army; he left the service with the rank of major in 1945." A State of Remembrance, 2005.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 50th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 51st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 52nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 53rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 54th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Searcy Bracewell, Jr., 55th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 51st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 52nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 53rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 54th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 55th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 50th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Memorials - Joseph Searcy Bracewell, Jr. - Obituary; Bracewell & Patterson law firm, "Searcy Bracewell, Founding Partner of Bracewell & Patterson, Dies," 5/15/2003. Joseph Marion Bracewell Genealogy and Family History.
  • Memorial, July 2003, p. 624. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Committee Informationtop
    55th R.S. - 1957
    Aged Citizens  
    Archives, Texas Employment Commission, and Insurance Buildings  
    Banking  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Insurance (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Oil and Gas  
    State Affairs  
    Utilize Available Space in Capitol Building  
    Water and Conservation  
    54th R.S. - 1955
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Commerce and Manufacturing  
    Congressional Districts (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments  
    General Investigating (Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Rules (Vice Chair) 
    Segregation in Public Schools, Advisory  
    State Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    53rd R.S. - 1953
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance  
    Nominations of the Governor (Chair) 
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Rules (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    State Penitentiaries  
    Texas Commission on Higher Education  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
    52nd R.S. - 1951
    Aeronautics  
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Corporation Laws Revision, Special  
    Criminal Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor  
    Military and Veterans' Affairs  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation (Vice Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  
    State Penitentiaries  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
    51st R.S. - 1949
    Aeronautics  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Finance  
    General Investigating  
    General Investigating, Special  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Penitentiaries  
    Veterans' Affairs  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
    50th R.S. - 1947
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties  
    Judiciary  
    Motor Traffic  
    Revenue and Taxation  
    Student Activities at A. and M. College, Investigation, Special  
     

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