George O. Nokes, Jr.

George O. Nokes

Full Name: George O. Nokes, Jr.
Date of birth: November 19, 1923
Date of death: November 18, 2011

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 9, 1951 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd (1) (2)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
S 6 Jan 31, 1950 - Jan 9, 1951 51st (3) (4)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
H 58 Jan 1, 1949 - Aug 27, 1949 51st (3) (4)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Navarro
H 58 Jan 14, 1947 - Jan 11, 1949 50th   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Navarro

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1952 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(2) 52nd Legislature - shows Nokes served 47th-48th House and 50th-52nd Senate; House and Senate Journals and Members of the Texas Congress/Legislature 1836-1992 show 50th-51st House and 51st (interim)-52nd Senate. Texas Legislative Manual.
(3) In Senate, George O. Nokes, Jr., in special election 11/6/1949, sworn 1/31/1950, succeeded James E. Taylor, resigned 8/31/1949. In House, James C. Sewell, in special election 11/8/1949, sworn 1/31/1950, succeeded George O. Nokes, Jr., resigned 8/27/1949. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Taylor resigned 8/15/1949. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • National Guard, Captain; United States Army Air Forces during World War II. "Nokes is a captain in the National Guard, assigned to the judge advocate general's staff. He earned three Air Medals during World War II while serving as a B-24 bombardier with the Eighth Air Force." "Call to Armed Services Faces Dozen in Texas Legislature," 1/14/1951.
    Nokes "attended Baylor University until he joined the Army Air Forces. He served as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in England and was discharged as a first lieutenant." "Barbara Callan Takes Vows With G.O. Nokes Jr. in Waco," 9/14/1947. Dallas Morning News.
  • Lt. George O. Nokes, Jr., military service and photo, The Men and Women in World War II from Navarro County Texas, Page 185 & 186. Navarro County, TXGenWeb Project.
  • United States Army Air Corps. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.

Other Resources

  • Describes Representative Nokes' involvement in the political and legislative processes through which the Gilmer-Aikins bills became law. Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.
  • Photograph, Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

52nd R.S. - 1951
Aeronautics (Chair) 
Banking (Vice Chair) 
Commerce and Manufacturing  
Congressional Districts  
Educational Affairs  
Interstate Cooperation (Vice Chair) 
Military and Veterans' Affairs  
51st R.S. - 1949
Commerce and Manufacturing  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses  
Game and Fish  
Interstate Cooperation  
Military Affairs  
Military and Veteran's Affairs (Chair) 
State Affairs  
State Parks System in Regard to Equal Facilities for Whites and Negroes, Special  
Texas State Board of Examiners in Optometry, Investigation, Special  
Veterans' Affairs  
50th R.S. - 1947
Banks and Banking  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Interstate Cooperation (Chair) 
Public Health  

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