R.S. Bowers

Richard Saffarans Bowers

Full Name: Richard Saffarans Bowers
Date of birth: December 3, 1875
Date of death: October 12, 1946

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 14 Jan 13, 1925 - Jan 8, 1929 40th (1) (2)   39th (3) (4)   40th (1) (2)   Democrat Caldwell / Burleson Senate President Pro Tempore (40th)   Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Robertson, Washington
S 19 Jan 9, 1923 - Jan 13, 1925 38th (5) (6)   Democrat Caldwell / Burleson   Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, Washington

(1) 40th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim 1st C.S., elected 6/7/1927. Senate Journal.
(2) 40th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/11/1927, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) 39th Legislature - All 31 Senators were elected on November 4, 1924, per Secretary of State, oath of office administered, 1/13/1925, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) 39th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/15/1925, pp. 34-35. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(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 - List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November Seventh, 1922, oath of office administered, 1/9/1923, p. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Memorial, January 1947, p. 41. Texas Bar Journal.

Military Service Notes

  • Texas National Guard, Lieutenant. "In the early 1900s he was a lieutenant in the infantry of the Texas National Guard . . ." Memorial, January 1947, p. 41. Texas Bar Journal.

Other Resources

  • Richard Saffarans Bowers, birth date 12/3/1875 in Gibson County, Tennessee; death date 10/12/1946 in Burleson County, Texas; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • R.S. Bowers, birth date 12/3/1875, death date 10/12/1946, burial in Masonic Cemetery, Caldwell, Burleson County. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, "Former Senator R.S. Bowers, 71, Dies in Caldwell," 10/14/1946, p. 4. Houston Chronicle.
  • Houston Press, 10/15/1946, p. 18, col. 1. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Obituary, R.S. Bowers, The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger, 10/18/1946, pp. 1, 4, crediting the Harrie P. Woodson Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. R.S. Bowers, 40th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.S. Bowers, 39th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.S. Bowers, 38th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

40th R.S. - 1927
Agricultural Affairs  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Educational Affairs  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Land and Land Office (Vice Chair) 
39th R.S. - 1925
Civil Jurisprudence  
Contingent Expense (Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Educational Affairs  
Nominations by Governor  
Public Land and Land Office (Vice Chair) 
State Institutions and Departments  
38th R.S. - 1923
Civil Jurisprudence  
Commerce and Manufactures  
Insurance and Banking  
Judicial Districts  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Vice Chair) 
Public Printing  
Stock and Stock Raising (Vice Chair) 

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