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Dethloff Willrodt Dethloff Willrodt
Full Name: Dethloff Willrodt
Date of birth: January 19, 1840
Date of death: June 12, 1932

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 42 Jan 10, 1899 - Jan 8, 1901 26th (1) (2)   Democrat Bellville / Austin   Austin
(1) "Didn't run as a Democrat," 11/14/1898, p. 4. "Mr. Willrodt is no democrat and did not so announce himself." Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Dethloff Willrodt, Volume IV, p. 1634. Born 12/19/1840 in the town of Luetenberg, near Kiel, in Holstein, a Danish province; first marriage to Margaret Herbst (died 1845), second marriage to Elizabeth Waak, 2/5/1869. A History of Texas and Texans, 1916.
  • Obituary, Dethloff Willrodt, "Funeral Held for Former Legislator of Austin County," The New Ulm Enterprise, 6/16/1932, p. 1, crediting Nesbitt Memorial Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, Dethloff Willrodt (1840-1932). The Strangest Names in American Political History, 2013.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Union Army, Private and Sergeant, Company B, 12th Illinois Cavalry, service entry age 24, muster/service entry date 12/17/1864 in Cairo, Illinois. Dethloff Willrodt, born about 1840 in Germany. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865; Web: Illinois, U.S., Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995; Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls, Illinois Secretary of State. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, then Union Army. "But in 1862 he was a victim of the conscript laws of the Confederacy, and was enrolled in Company E of Waul's Legion, and sent into Mississippi. Before he had participated in a single battle he was taken prisoner at Oxford and sent north to Cairo, Illinois, where, being given an opportunity to enlist in the Union army, he and his comrades became recruits to the Twelfth Illinois Cavalry, so that he fought with troops of the first state in which he had lived after coming to America." A History of Texas and Texans, 1916.
  • Other Resources
  • Dethloff Willrodt, birth date 1/19/1840 in Denmark, death date 6/12/1932 in Bellville, Austin County, Texas; ex. farmer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Dethloff Willrodt, birth date 1/19/1840, death date 6/12/1932, spouse Elisabeth Waak Willrodt, interment in Coshatte Cemetery, Austin County. Find a Grave.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Dethloff Willrodt, 26th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 26th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
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    26th R.S. - 1899
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