Walter Tipps

Walter E. Tips

Full Name: Walter E. Tips
Other surnames: Tipps
Date of birth: July 23, 1841
Date of death: April 20, 1911

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 20 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 12, 1897 23rd (2)   24th (1)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Burnet, Travis, Williamson

(1) 24th Legislature - Roll of holdover Senators, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) 23rd Legislature - All 31 Senators are listed in Roll Call on First Day, 1/10/1893, p. 1; resolution by Sen. Cranford that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/11/1893, p. 5; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1893 January 11, 1893

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 23rd Legislature - Walter Tipps. 24th Legislature - Tips. Senate Journal. 23rd R.S. 24th R.S.

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "Death Came Suddenly: Walter Tips, Prominent Austin Merchant, Passed Away . . . ," 4/21/1911, p. 10. "Mr. Tips served as State Senator for four years during the late 90s and was for twelve or fifteen years a member of the State Penitentiary Commission, beginning this service under Governor Ireland." "At the breaking out of the war between the states he volunteered for service as a Confederate and served throughout the war on the Texas coast, coming out at the end as a lieutenant of artillery." Austin Statesman.
  • Person Sheet, biography, and portrait - Walter E. Tips, Founder of Walter Tips Co. and Engine Works. Texas State Senator. Birth date 7/23/1841 in Elberfeld, Germany; death date 4/20/1911 in Austin. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis Co., Texas. Internet genealogical service.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant, 6th Field Battery, Texas Light Artillery, enlistment date 10/14/1861 in Austin, Texas. Walter E. Tips, Texas, U.S., Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865. Walter Tips, U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865; U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865.

Other Resources

  • "Tips May Be Tops for Development: Old Steel Plant Might One Day Be Surrounded by Tony Shops," by Shonda Novak, 9/12/2003. Beachman Foundry & Machine Co. (now Tips Iron and Steel) co-founded by State Sen. Walter Tips in 1899. Austin American-Statesman.
  • Walter Tips, birth date 7/23/1841 in Germany, death date 4/20/1911 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, hardware merchant and banker. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Walter Tips, death date 4/20/1911, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Includes obituary. Find a Grave.
  • 23rd Legislature (1893) - Walter Tips, postoffice Austin, nativity Germany, age 51, merchant, 43 years in Texas, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. Walter Tipps, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walter Tips, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

24th R.S. - 1895
Commerce and Manufactures  
Finance (Chair) 
Military Affairs  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
Towns and City Corporations  
23rd R.S. - 1893
Claims and Accounts  
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
Counties and County Boundaries  
Frontier Protection  
Judicial Districts  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
State Affairs  
Town and City Corporations  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Office  

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