Franklin S. Spears

Franklin Scott Spears

Full Name: Franklin Scott Spears
Date of birth: August 20, 1931
Date of death: April 10, 1996

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 10, 1967 58th (1)   59th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
S 26 Dec 22, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th (2)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 68-2 Jan 10, 1961 - Dec 14, 1961 57th (2)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 68-2 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar

(1) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(2) In Senate, Franklin S. Spears, in special election 12/16/1961, sworn 12/22/1961, succeeded Henry B. Gonzalez, elected Congressman, 25th District, 11/4/1961, resigned Senate seat 11/5/1961. Spears' first session in the Senate was 57th 3rd Called Session. In House, Rudy Esquivel, in special election 12/16/1961, took office 12/22/1961, succeeded Franklin S. Spears, resigned 12/14/1961. Esquivel's first session was 57th 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Captain. "Upon graduation in 1954, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army, and was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate. After serving served two years active duty in Germany and honorably discharged as a captain in 1956." Biographical sketch, Supreme Court of Texas, April 1985, p. 434. Texas Bar Journal.
  • United States Army. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

59th R.S. - 1965
Constitutional Amendments  
Interstate Cooperation  
Nursing Profession  
Rules (Vice Chair) 
State Affairs  
58th R.S. - 1963
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties, Cities and Towns  
Game and Fish  
Interstate-Cooperation (Vice Chair) 
Public Health  
State Affairs  
Water and Conservation  
57th R.S. - 1961
Common Carriers (Vice Chair) 
Conservation and Reclamation (Vice Chair) 
Counties, Cities and Towns  
Escheat Laws (Chair) 
Interstate Cooperation (Chair) 
Privileges and Elections  
Public Health  
Revenue and Taxation  
56th R.S. - 1959
Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Municipal and Private Corporations  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  

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