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Dr. William Westfall William Westfall
Full Name: William Harrison Westfall
Date of birth: December 16, 1822
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 28 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Liberty Hill / Williamson   Blanco, Burnet, Concho, Lampasas, Llano, McCulloch, San Saba, Travis, Williamson
H 28 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Liberty Hill / Williamson   Bell, Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Coryell, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, McCulloch, San Saba, Travis, Williamson
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Postoffice: Liberty Hill, Williamson County. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(3) Census of 1860 - W.H. Westfall, farmer, age 38, Bagdad Post Office, Williamson County. Census of 1870 - William Westfall, physician, age 47, Liberty Hill Post Office, Williamson County. Census of 1880 - William H. Westfall, physician & surgeon, age 57, Burnet, Burnet County. HeritageQuest Online.
(4) Burnet, Burnet County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(6) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, William Harrison Westfall, M.D., Burnet, pp. 196-199. Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, 1890.
  • Biographical sketch, William Harrison Westfall, p. 197. Born 12/16/1822. Lived in Williamson County at time of election to Texas House in 1872; in Senate of 14th Legislature, physician William Henry Westfall "of Burnet." Moved back to Austin in 1876 and Burnet in 1879. "Opened quarry at Granite Mountain which provided the stone for the new [State] Capitol." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • House Concurrent Resolution No. 4, 21st Legislature, Regular Session, General Laws, 2/25/1889, acknowledging donation by W.H. Westfall, G.W. Lacy, and N.L. Norton of granite for new State Capitol. Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, Volume 9, p. 1201. General Laws of the State of Texas.
  • Mentioned in GRANITE MOUNTAIN AND MARBLE FALLS CITY RAIL ROAD. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in "Through the Years - San Saba Representatives in Legislative History," 4/1/1948, p. 9. San Saba News.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William Westfall, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Dr. William Westfall, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Dr. William Westfall, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Asylums  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Education (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
    Internal Improvements  
    Lighting the State House with Gas (Co-Chair) 
    Lunatic Asylum  
    Sanitary Legislation  
    State Affairs  
    Travis County Jail, Select  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Agriculture and Stock Raising  
    Apportionment  
    Education  
    Immigration  
    Immigration Laws and Bureau of Immigration  
    Indian Affairs  
    Lampasas County Disturbance  
    Redistricting  
    Towns and City Corporations  
     

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