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Benj. Whitaker Benjamin Franklin Whitaker
Full Name: Benjamin Franklin Whitaker
Date of birth: December 1845
Date of death: June 8, 1916

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 12, 1897 23rd (2)   24th (1)   Democrat Texarkana / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris

(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
Biographical Sketches
  • Obituary, "'Black Eagle' of Texas Senate Dead at Ripe Age," Tuesday, 6/12/1916, p. 2. "Benjamin Whitaker, 71 years old, one of the first settlers of Texarkana, died Thursday at Alexandria, La. . . . in 1890 he was elected to the State Senate of Texas . . . " Daily Advocate (Victoria, Texas).
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1880 - Benj. Whitaker, Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas, age 34, born circa 1846 in Texas, railroad contractor, wife Anna, sons Waverly, Whatley, and James.
    Census of 1900 - Benjaman Whitaker, Wards 4-5, Grant Parish, Louisiana, age 55, born December 1845 in Texas, saw mill manager, wife Anna P.
    Benjamin Whitaker, born circa 1846, death date 6/8/1916 in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana; father W.M. Whitaker, mother Elizabeth Moore. Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960. FamilySearch. 1880 1900 Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960
  • Whitaker House, Texarkana, Bowie County. "Built before 1891 by Benjamin F. Whitaker (1845-1916), member of Texas Senate (1893-97), partner of his brother in lumber business and a railroad that became part of Kansas City Southern line." Architect: Whitaker, Benjamin Franklin. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission). Historical marker National Register listing
  • Bowie County Biographies, WHITAKER, WILLIS, SR. (1798-1867). Father of Benjamin F. Whitaker, "who later served in the Texas Senate." TXGenWeb Project.
  • Historical Markers of Bowie County, Whitaker House, Texarkana. Architect: Whitaker, Benjamin Franklin, "served in the Texas Legislature in 1893 under Gov. James S. Hogg & again in 1895 under Gov. C.A. Culberson." Historical marker text - member of Texas Senate (1893-97). TXGenWeb Project.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Benj. Whitaker, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. B. Whitaker, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 23rd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 24th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    24th R.S. - 1895
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    23rd R.S. - 1893
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Internal Improvements  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Public Health  
    Public Lands  
    State Asylums  

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