Orlando Bacon Black

Full Name: Orlando Bacon Black
Date of birth: August 11, 1886
Date of death: May 6, 1933

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 85 Jan 11, 1921 - Mar 12, 1921 37th (1)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 85 Feb 13, 1919 - Jan 11, 1921 36th (2) (3)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar

(1) E. Guy LeStourgeon, sworn 7/18/1921, succeeded O. B. Black, resigned after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) O.B. Black, in special election 2/6/1919, sworn 2/13/1919, succeeded Otto Wahrmund, member-elect, resigned 1/14/1919. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Democrat in 36th and 37th Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Photo and biographical sketch from San Antonio Mayoral election, 5/10/1921. "Our New Mayor" - born in Georgetown, Williamson County; married Miss Josephine Peek, of Gonzales, Texas, on 12/11/1920. "Anti-Administration Mayoralty Candidate Wins Close Contest," 5/10/1921, p. 1. San Antonio Evening News.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, April 1919, pp. 380-381, age 32 in 1919. Son of Dr. C.C. Black. Texas State Journal of Medicine, 1905.

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, World War I. 43rd Legislature, R.S., 5/8/1933, p. 2089. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • United States Army and United States Army Air Corps, World War I. Obituary, "Ex-Mayor Black Dies at Gonzales," 5/7/1933, p. 1. San Antonio Express.
  • United States Army, World War I. "On December 6, 1917, he resigned his position [First Assistant District Attorney] to enter the U.S. Army, completing the Adjutant's course at the University of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and was commissioned Lieutenant in the Signal Reserve Corps. He was later transferred to the air service of the U. S. Army and stationed at Kelly Field, where he acted as Adjutant to Kelly Field No. 1 for the air service mechanics school, which prepared and sent across each month a large number of men skilled in the use and upkeep of airplanes. Upon the signing of the armistice and his discharge he formed a partnership . . . for practice of law in San Antonio . . . " Biographical sketch, April 1919, pp. 380-381. Texas State Journal of Medicine, 1905.

Other Resources

  • Death notice, O.B. Black, member of the 37th Legislature, 1/16/1934, p. 5. Black "later became mayor of Alamo City." Big Spring Daily Herald.
  • Historical Portraits of Mayors of the City of San Antonio, Portrait, O.B. Black (1921-1923). City of San Antonio, Texas.
  • O.B. Black, birth date 8/11/1886, death date 5/6/1933 in Gonzales, father Dr. C.C. Black, spouse Josephina Pack Black. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Orlando B. Black, birth date 8/11/1886, death date 5/6/1933, burial in Gonzales Masonic Cemetery, Gonzales, Gonzales County. Includes photograph. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in CRUZ AZUL MEXICANA. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Obituary, "Ex-Mayor Black Dies at Gonzales," 5/7/1933, p. 1. "Black had been ill since the 1932 Democratic primary." San Antonio Express.
  • Obituary, "Death Claims O.B. Black, S.A. Mayor in 1921," 5/7/1933, Part One, p. 2. San Antonio Light.


  • Photograph. O.B. Black, 37th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. O.B. Black, 36th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

37th R.S. - 1921
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Insurance (Chair) 
Oil, Gas and Mining  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
36th R.S. - 1919
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Municipal and Private Corporations  

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