W.D. Lanier

William David Lanier

Full Name: William David "Pa Bill" Lanier
Date of birth: April 13, 1847
Date of death: August 27, 1930

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 2 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th   Democrat Atlanta / Cass   Cass
H 2 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Atlanta / Cass   Cass

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Military Service Notes

  • William D. Lanier, born 4/13/1847 in Marion County, Georgia; death date 8/27/1930 in Atlanta, Cass County, Texas. Pension File No. 42719, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army. "He enlisted in the Confederacy at the age of 17 in April 1864 under Captain Wm. Oliver in Company B, State troops, and was later transferred to 2nd Texas Infantry under K. Smith." Obituary, "A Good Citizen Passes Away," The Cass County Sun (Linden, Texas), 9/2/1930, p. 1, crediting Atlanta Public Library. W.D. Lanier "served 4 years in the Legislature as a representative from Cass county." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • W.D. Lanier, birth date 4/13/1847, death date 8/27/1930, burial in Pine Creek Cemetery, Atlanta, Cass County, Texas. Find a Grave.
  • Photos of W.D. "Pa Bill" Lanier family in Atlanta, by Heather Ridpath Pilcher, Sarah L. Ridpath, Arcadia Publishing, 2011, p. 91. "Pa Bill Lanier, who served in the Confederate army and two term[s] in the Texas Legislature in 1915 and 1917." Google Books.
  • 35th Legislature (1917) - W.D. Lanier, postoffice Atlanta (Texas), nativity Georgia, age 70 (born circa 1847), 59 years in Texas, merchant, member of former legislatures: 34th, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


  • Photograph. W.D. Lanier, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.D. Lanier, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

35th R.S. - 1917
Claims and Accounts  
Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
Game and Fisheries  
Private Corporations  
34th R.S. - 1915
Public Debt  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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