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R.E. Sparkman Robert Ervin Sparkman
Full Name: Robert Ervin Sparkman
Date of birth: November 14, 1877
Date of death: September 7, 1946

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 100-2 Jan 13, 1931 - Jan 10, 1933 42nd   Democrat Italy / Ellis   Ellis
H 100-1 Jan 9, 1923 - Jan 13, 1925 38th   Democrat Italy / Ellis   Ellis
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, "Distant Relative of Sparkman in Central Texas Was Politician," 7/29/1952, p. 2, sec. 11. Lubbock Morning Avalanche.
  • Other Resources
  • Editorial, "R.E. Sparkman," 9/9/1946, section II, p. 2. Dallas Morning News.
  • Obituary and photo, "Pithy Writer Dies at Italy," 9/8/1946, section II, p. 19. Robert E. Sparkman, age 78, born in Decatur, Alabama; "served in the State Legislature." Dallas Morning News.
  • Census of 1900 - Robert E. Sparkman, Hill County, son of G.C. Sparkman, age 23, birth date November 1877 in Alabama, farm laborer.
    Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 - marriage of Robert Ervin Sparkman and Minnie Zuella Ward, 2/25/1908, Hill County, Texas.
    Census of 1930 - Robert E. Sparkman, Ellis County, age 52, born circa 1878 in Alabama, farmer, wife Minnie, sons Robert E., Jr. and Ward, daughter Hilda. FamilySearch. 1900 1930 Marriage
  • Robert Ervin Sparkman, birth date 11/14/1878, home address Italy, Ellis County, age 39, nearest relative Minnie Sparkman. FamilySearch United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  • Robert Ervin Sparkman, birth date 11/14/1876, death date 9/16/1946. Name and dates on grave marker possibly incorrect; see listings for Minnie Z. Ward Sparkman (obituary mentions her late husband's legislative service), son Robert Edward Sparkman, Jr. (obituary refers to father as Robert Edward Sparkman), and grandson Robert Edward Sparkman III in Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis County. Find a Grave.
  • Family history, Alldredge-Aldridge-Bracken-Nesmith Families and Their Kin, by Memory Lee Alldredge Lester, published Chapel Hill, NC, 1957, p. 108, indicates "Minnie Zuella Ward, daughter of Aurora P. Bracken and Levi Ward, married Robert Ervin Sparkman, born Nov. 14, 1877, Alabama." Children Robert Ervin Sparkman, Jr., Hilda Sparkman, and Ward Sparkman. Internet Archive.
  • Obituary, "R.E. Sparkman Died Suddenly 5 A.M. Saturday," The Ennis Daily News, 9/9/1946, p. 1, crediting the Ennis Public Library. Robert E. Sparkman, native of Alabama, death date 9/7/1946, "he served Ellis County two terms as a member of the State Legislature." Wife Minnie Sparkman, sons Robbie and Ward, daughter Hilda. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 42nd Legislature (1931) - R.E. Sparkman, postoffice Italy, Ellis County, nativity Alabama, age 51 (born circa 1880), farmer, Democrat, member of former legislatures: 38th.
    38th Legislature (1923) - Robert E. Sparkman. Texas Legislative Manual. 38th 42nd
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. R.E. Sparkman, 42nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.E. Sparkman, 38th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 38th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, south wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 42nd session composite photo of House members (3rd floor back hall, east wall. 3W.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    42nd R.S. - 1931
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Liquor Traffic  
    38th R.S. - 1923
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Game and Fisheries  
    Liquor Traffic  
    Live Stock and Stock Raising  
    State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  

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