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J. Franklin Spears J. Franklin Spears
Full Name: Jacob Franklin Spears
Date of birth: October 6, 1899
Date of death: May 29, 1946

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Jan 9, 1945 - May 29, 1946 49th (1)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bandera, Bexar, Kendall, Kerr
S 26 Jan 14, 1941 - Jan 9, 1945 48th   47th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bandera, Bexar, Kendall, Kerr
S 26 Jan 12, 1937 - Jan 14, 1941 46th (2)   45th (3)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bandera, Bexar, Kendall, Kerr
H 78-2 Jan 8, 1935 - Jan 12, 1937 44th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
(1) Walter Tynan, in special election 7/27/1946, succeeded J. Franklin Spears, died 5/29/1946. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, pp. 1-2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators. . .who were Members of the Forty-fifth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-sixth Legislature." Senate Journal.
(3) 45th Legislature - 1/12/1937, p. 2, listed in "Oath of Office Administered to Senators-Elect." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 50th Legislature, R.S., SR 18, 1/27/1947, p. 80. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Franklin Scott Spears, Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1979-1990. Relatives: J. Franklin Spears - father, Franklin Scott Spears - son. Justices of Texas, 1836-1986 (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2004.
  • Memorial, October 1946, p. 410. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Military Service Notes
  • World War II service, Lieutenant Colonel, "Legislature Faces Problem of Absences: Men in Armed Forces Can't Get Leave to Attend Sessions," 1/1/1943. Dallas Morning News.
  • World War I and World War II. Spears "also served his country in both World Wars. He served in World War II with great distinction, having received the rank of Lieutenant Colonel." 50th Legislature, R.S., SR 18, 1/27/1947, p. 80. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Pictured in uniform in 47th and 48th Senate composite photo and listed as Lt. Col. J. Franklin Spears. State Preservation Board.
  • State Preservation Board
  • United States Cavalry, World War I; United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, World War II. "He entered the Army as a National Guard officer in 1940 and was separated in 1944 as a Lieutenant Colonel. At 17 he had enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry, serving during World War I." Memorial, October 1946, p. 410. Texas Bar Journal.
  • United States Cavalry, United States Army. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.
  • Other Resources
  • Jacob Franklin Spears, birth date 10/6/1899, death date 5/29/1946, photos, interment in Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Bexar County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in preview of 44th Legislature and discussion of legislative turnover, "Texas House Gets 80 New Members," 10/15/1934, p. 14. San Antonio Express.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 44th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 45th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 46th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 47th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 48th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Franklin Spears, 49th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 45th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 46th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 47th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 48th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 49th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 44th session composite photo of House members (3rd floor back hall, east wall. 3W.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    49th R.S. - 1945
    Commerce and Manufacturing  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Finance  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
    Representative Districts  
    Senatorial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Veterans' Affairs  
    48th R.S. - 1943
    Commerce and Manufacturing  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish (Vice Chair) 
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Vice Chair) 
    Public Printing  
    Rules  
    State Penitentiaries  
    47th R.S. - 1941
    Commerce and Manufactures (Vice Chair) 
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Labor (Chair) 
    Military Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    Penitentiaries  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Printing  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    46th R.S. - 1939
    Commerce and Manufacturing  
    Congressional Districts  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Criminal Jurisprudence (Chair) 
    Education  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Finance  
    Labor (Chair) 
    Military Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Printing  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    45th R.S. - 1937
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Compact with Oklahoma Relative to Use of Red River by Texas Citizens, Special  
    Constitutional Amendments (Vice Chair) 
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Labor (Vice Chair) 
    Public Printing  
    Representative Districts  
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    44th R.S. - 1935
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    Liquor Traffic  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    Texas Independence Day, Special  
     

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