W.H. Bledsoe

William Harrison Bledsoe

Full Name: William Harrison Bledsoe
Date of birth: December 23, 1869
Date of death: March 30, 1936

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 30 Jan 13, 1925 - Jan 8, 1929 39th (2) (3) (4)   40th (1)   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock Senate President Pro Tempore (39th)   Andrews, Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Howard, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Motley, Stonewall, Terry, Yoakum
S 29 Jan 9, 1923 - Jan 13, 1925 38th (5) (6)   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock   Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Jack, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young
S 29 Jul 17, 1919 - Jan 9, 1923 36th (8) (9)   37th (7)   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock   Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Jack, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young
H 122 Jan 14, 1919 - Jul 17, 1919 36th (8) (9)   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock   Andrews, Borden, Briscoe, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Gaines, Garza, Hockley, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum
H 122 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock   Andrews, Borden, Briscoe, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hockley, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum
H 122 Oct 9, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th (10) (11)   Democrat Lubbock / Lubbock   Andrews, Borden, Briscoe, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hockley, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum

(1) 40th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/11/1927, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) 39th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim R.S., elected 3/19/1925. Senate Journal.
(3) 39th Legislature - All 31 Senators were elected on November 4, 1924, per Secretary of State, oath of office administered, 1/13/1925, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) 39th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/15/1925, pp. 34-35. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(5) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1924 due to redistricting. Act approved 1921 and effective Apr. 1, 1924, 37th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 60, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) 38th Legislature - List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November Seventh, 1922, oath of office administered, 1/9/1923, p. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(7) 37th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/11/1921, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(8) 36th Legislature, 2nd C.S. - Oath of office administered 7/17/1919, pp. 458-459. No committee appointments listed in 2nd C.S. Senate Journal.
(9) In Senate, William Bledsoe, in special election 7/14/1919, sworn 7/17/1919, succeeded William S. Bell, died 6/21/1919. In House, Roy Baldwin, in special election 8/30/1919, sworn 5/20/1920, succeeded William H. Bledsoe, resigned 7/17/1919. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(10) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 35th-40th Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual.
(11) William Bledsoe, in special election 10/9/1915, succeeded Don H. Biggers, resigned 9/3/1915. 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

  • 38th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, "On Members of the Senate," pp. 325-326. Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • William Harrison Bledsoe, birth date 12/23/1869, death date 3/30/1936, burial in City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County. Includes biographical sketch (including note, "author of Senate Bill No. 103 creating Texas Technological College"), portrait. Son of Willis Scott Bledsoe. Find a Grave.
  • BLEDSOE, WILLIAM HARRISON (1869-1936). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch and inventory of the William H. Bledsoe papers, Southwest Collection, Special Collections Library. Texas Tech University Libraries.

Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Bledsoe, former legislator, dies at Lubbock home," 4/1/1936, p. 1. Dallas Morning News.
  • "William Harrison Bledsoe and the Founding of Texas Tech University, " Vol. 78, 2002, pp. 38-53. Relatives: Willis Scott Bledsoe - father; William Harrison Bledsoe - son. West Texas Historical Association Yearbook, 1925.

Photographs

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

40th R.S. - 1927
Banking  
Civil Jurisprudence  
Commerce and Manufactures  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Finance  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
Nominations by Governor  
Public Health  
Public Land and Land Office  
Stock and Stock Raising  
39th R.S. - 1925
Banking  
Civil Jurisprudence  
Commerce and Manufactures  
Contingent Expense (Vice Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Finance  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
Public Land and Land Office  
Stock and Stock Raising  
38th R.S. - 1923
Civil Jurisprudence  
Congressional Districts (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Federal Relations  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
Nominations by the Governor  
Penitentiary Relocating and Investigating Committee, Joint  
Public Health  
Senatorial Districts  
State Institutions and Departments  
State Penitentiaries  
State Railroad, Joint Committee to Visit  
Stock and Stock Raising  
37th R.S. - 1921
Agricultural and Mechanical College Hazing Investigating  
Civil Jurisprudence  
Constitutional Amendments  
Labor  
Military Affairs  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
Public Health  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Senatorial Districts  
State Penitentiaries (Vice Chair) 
Stock and Stock Raising  
36th R.S. - 1919
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Exterminating Pink Boll Worm, Investigate (Vice Chair) 
Federal Relations  
Judiciary (Chair) 
Public Lands and Buildings  
Ranger Force, Investigate (Chair) 
Rules  
Stock and Stock Raising  
University of Texas Medical Department, Investigate  
35th R.S. - 1917
Charges Against James E. Ferguson, Governor, Investigate  
Committee to Investigate Certain Expenditures  
Irrigation  
Liquor Traffic  
Public Debt  
Public Lands and Land Office (Vice Chair) 
Reforms in Civil Procedure  
Select an Attorney to Represent the House during the Investigation of Impeachment Charges Against Governor James E. Ferguson.  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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