W.E. Doyle

William Elliott Doyle

Full Name: William Elliott Doyle
Date of birth: April 26, 1846
Date of death: September 9, 1934

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jul 18, 1921 - Jan 13, 1925 37th (2) (3)   38th (1)   Democrat Teague / Freestone   Brazos, Freestone, Limestone, Robertson

(1) 38th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/9/1923, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 38th Legislature. Texas Legislative Manual.
(3) William E. Doyle, sworn 7/18/1921, succeeded D. Leon Harp, resigned after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketches of "Confederate Twins" J.H. and W.E. Doyle, Volume 32, Number 5, May 1924, p. 195. Confederate Veteran.
  • William Earl Doyle, birth date 4/26/1846 in Oconee County, South Carolina, death date 9/9/1934, burial in Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone County. Includes portrait, biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch lists birth date 4/26/1846. Likely the last confederate veteran to serve in the Texas legislature. Hood County Texas Genealogical Society, 2004.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company G, 7th South Cavalry, Gary's Brigade. Biographical sketches of "Confederate Twins" J.H. and W.E. Doyle, Volume 32, Number, 5 May 1924, p. 195. Confederate Veteran.
  • Confederate States Army. "Senator Doyle was the last Confederate soldier to serve in this body . . . at the age of fourteen years he and his twin brother ran away from home to join the Confederate forces and were admitted as members of the Northern Army of Virginia." 43rd Legislature, 3rd C.S., SR 10, 9/15/1934, p. 76. Resolutions - Memorial.

Other Resources

  • Account of experience in the Civil War, "Fresh Soldiers," by W.E. Doyle, Volume 24, Number 12, December 1916, p. 544. Confederate Veteran.
  • William Elliott Doyle - birth date 4/26/1846, death date 9/9/1934. FamilySearch.
  • Relatives: Dr. J.N. Doyle and William E. Doyle - brothers. A History of Hood County, Texas: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present, Together with Biographical Sketches of Many Leading Men and Women Among the Early Settlers. . .: Also a Sketch of the History of Somervell County., 1895.
  • "Doyle Twins Celebrate Seventy-Ninth Birthday," 5/10/1925, p. 4. Mexia Daily News.
  • Letter to the editior signed William Elliott Doyle, "W.E. Doyle to Dr. R.B. Jackson," 3/21/1924, p. 6. Mexia Daily News.
  • Photo and obituary, "Twin Brother of W.E. Doyle Buried Tuesday," 9/8/1933, p. 3. Mexia Daily News.
  • William Doyle of Teague and James Doyle of Granbury established as America's oldest twins, "Remember When. . . ," 12/3/1961, p. 3. Mexia Daily News.


  • Photograph. W.E. Doyle, 38th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. Doyle, 37th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

38th R.S. - 1923
Confederate Home  
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Judicial Districts  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Senatorial Districts (Vice Chair) 
37th R.S. - 1921
Congressional Districts  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Judicial Districts  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
State Institutions and Departments  
State Penitentiaries  
Stock and Stock Raising (Vice Chair) 

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