R.E. Cofer

Robert Emmet Cofer

Full Name: Robert Emmet Cofer
Date of birth: September 20, 1870
Date of death: February 15, 1944

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 12, 1909 - Sep 27, 1911 31st (3) (4)   32nd (1) (2)   Democrat Gainesville / Cooke   Cooke, Grayson

(1) Cofer resigned 9/27/1911. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/10/1911, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) Democrat; roster of members of the 31st Legislature with biographical and party information. "Year Book 1909," Number 13, May-June 1910, pp. 408-415. Bulletin (Texas Department of Agriculture), 1910.
(4) 31st Legislature - Roll Call of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/12/1909, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Memorial, April 1944, p. 131. Resigned 1911 to become professor of law at The University of Texas. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Robert E. Cofer, Volume IV, pp. 69-70. Born 9/20/1870 in Nashville, Tennessee; resigned from state Senate in 1913. Texas Under Many Flags, 1930.

Other Resources

  • Discussion of Cofer & Cofer law firm and involvement in the Chambers sisters' claim to land under Texas Capitol building, p. 89. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Obituary, "Ex-Sen. Cofer Dies at Home," 2/15/1944, pp. 1, 2. Austin Statesman.
  • "Criticized Legislature in Commencement Address: R.E. Cofer Declares That Strong, Educated Christian Men Are Needed to Make Laws," 6/8/1909, p. 1. Notes Cofer's address to the State University, Austin, June 8. Brownwood Bulletin.
  • Robert Emmet Cofer, birth date 9/20/1870 in Tennessee; death date 2/15/1944 in Austin, Travis County, Texas; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Robert Emmet Cofer, birth date 9/20/1970, death date 2/15/1944, burial in Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin, Travis County. Find a Grave.
  • Died 2/15/1944, Austin Statesman, p. 1. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • In memoriam - Robert Emmet Cofer. State Senator from 1908 - 1911. Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches - The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the General Faculty.
  • "Former State Senator Robert Cofer Dies," Austin, Feb. 15. 2/16/1944, p. 7. San Antonio Express.
  • Guide to the UT School of Law History Files at the Tarlton Law Library: includes several citations to materials re. Robert E. Cofer - "Cofer Incident 1920-21", speeches re. Cofer's "political activities." Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009.
  • "Academic Freedom, 1917." Winter 2004, p. 45. Describes University of Texas investigation of Robert E. Cofer for statement at county fair supporting Governor James Edward Ferguson's political opponent. UT Law Magazine.


  • Photograph. R.E. Cofer, 32nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.E. Cofer, 31st Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

32nd R.S. - 1911
Constitutional Amendments  
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Judiciary No. 2  
Picture of Senate of the 32nd Legislature, Special (Chair) 
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
Public Health  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Representative Districts  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
31st R.S. - 1909
Agricultural Affairs  
Commerce and Manufactures  
Constitutional Amendments  
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 2  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
State Affairs  
Towns and City Corporations  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  

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