W.D. Lair

William Dixon Lair

Full Name: William Dixon Lair
Date of birth: May 12, 1814
Date of death: June 3, 1887

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 16th (3) (4) (5)   17th (1) (2)   Democrat Melissa / Collin   Collin, Denton
S 15 Feb 2, 1863 - Nov 2, 1863 9th (6) (7) (8)     Melissa / Collin   Collin, Grayson

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(3) 16th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/14/1879, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(4) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) Democrat - "After his election as a Democrat in 1878 . . . ," p. 255. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(6) William Lair, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded J.J. Dickson, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Roll of Senators-elect to fill vacancies, oath of office administered, 2/2/1863, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(8) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - predecessor J.J. Dickson drew "the short term" (two years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • Dr. William Dixon Lair, burial in Lair Cemetery, Anna, Collin County. Grave marker illegible. Includes reprint of biographical sketch from The Daily Courier Gazette, May 1929. Find a Grave.
  • William Dixon Lair, "Dr. W.D. Lair Pioneer Collin Physician and Senator," photo, 5/9/1929, p. 2. Born 5/12/1814 in Russell County, Kentucky; died 6/3/1887. Served in Texas Senate and Kentucky Legislature.
    Mentioned in "The Lair Family," by Mrs. Ethel Bridgefarmer, 8/21/1936, p. 3. McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 242-243. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 12, 255; service in 16th-17th Senate, pp. 254-255, 279. Served four years in Kentucky legislature before moving to Texas in 1859. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.


  • Photograph. W.D. Lair, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Agricultural Affairs  
Contingent Expenses  
Institute for the Blind (Co-Chair) 
Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on  
Private Land Claims  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Retrenchment and Reform  
Senatorial and Representative Districts  
State Asylums  
Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas (Chair) 
16th R.S. - 1879
Agricultural Affairs  
Contingent Expenses  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Educational Affairs  
Enrolled Bills  
Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
Private Land Claims  
State Asylums  
Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
9th R.S. - 1861
Enrolled Bills  
General Land Office  
Printing and Contingent Expenses  
Public Lands  

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