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Hart Willis

Full Name: James Hart Willis, Sr.
Date of birth: March 19, 1885
Date of death: May 31, 1963

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jul 18, 1921 - Jan 9, 1923 37th (1) (2)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas, Rockwall

(1) Hart Willis, sworn 7/18/1921, succeeded James C. McNealus, died 5/18/1921. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) "Willis Elected in Senatorial Balloting," The Brownsville Herald, 6/26/1921, p. 1. Hart Willis elected to State Senate on 6/25/1921 to succeed the late J.C. McNealus. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, "Last Rites Held for J.H. Willis," 6/2/1963, p. 27. "He was a presidential elector in the 1940's and a member of the Texas State Senate for Dallas and Rockwall Counties in the 20's." Dallas Morning News.
  • Memorial, September 1963, p. 805. Texas Bar Journal.

Other Resources

  • Daily events, 1921. Name listed as J. Hart Willis and Hart Willis interchangeably. Dallas Times Herald.
  • James Hart Willis, Sr., birth date 3/19/1885 in Missouri, death date 5/31/1963 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, retired attorney at law. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • J. Hart Willis, Sr. (1885-1963), burial in Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. Hart Willis, 37th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

37th R.S. - 1921
Constitutional Amendments  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Labor (Chair) 
Military Affairs  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
Public Health (Vice Chair) 
Representative Districts  
State Affairs  
Town and City Corporations  

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