Bowd Farrar

Bowd Farrar

Full Name: Simon Bowdon "Bowd" Farrar, Jr.
Date of birth: December 26, 1866
Date of death: June 9, 1933

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 100-1 Jan 13, 1931 - Jan 10, 1933 42nd   Democrat Waxahachie / Ellis   Ellis
H 100-1 Jan 20, 1930 - Jan 13, 1931 41st (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Waxahachie / Ellis   Ellis
H 100-2 Jan 11, 1927 - Jan 8, 1929 40th   Democrat Waxahachie / Ellis   Ellis
H 100-2 Jan 13, 1925 - Jan 11, 1927 39th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Waxahachie / Ellis   Ellis

(1) 41st Legislature, 4th C.S. - Oath of Office Administered (to J.A. Riley, Sam Houston Allred, Frank T. West, S. Bowden Farrar, and Arthur C. Johnson), 1/20/1930, pp. 3-4. No committees apptd. for these members in 4th C.S. West apptd. to Education in 5th C.S. House Journal.
(2) S. Bowden Farrar, in special election 12/3/1929, sworn 1/20/1930, succeeded Elwin Gerron, resigned after 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 39th, 40th, and 42nd Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual.
(4) Acts of 1921, 37th Legislature, 2nd C.S., ch. 6 - district 100 comprised of Ellis County; district 55 comprised of Anderson County. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) District 100, Place 2, Bowd Farrar. House Journal.
(6) District 55, Bowd Farrar. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of niece, Virginia Elizabeth Duff, pp. 125-129. Relatives: Hans Smith - grandfather, Virginia Duff - granddaughter; Bowd Farrar - uncle, Virginia Duff - niece. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch, "An Early East Texas Legislator and His Kin: Franklin Lewis Johnston (1840-1897), his wife Margaret Dysart, and Allied Families Farrar, Bowdon (Bowdoin), Roberts, and Allen," by Virginia Knobel Tschanz. Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 38, Number 1, March 1998, pp. 3-12, crediting Texas State Genealogical Society. Simon Bowdon Farrar, Jr., married Franklin Lewis Johnston's daughter Nettie Johnston. Relatives: Hon. Franklin Lewis Johnston (1840-1897) - father-in-law, Hon. Simon Bowdon Farrar (1866-1933) - son-in-law, pp. 7-8. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • "Remembering a Texas Trailblazer" lists some of Virginia Duff's major legislative initiatives, including bills requiring vehicles to stop while school buses load or unload, and creating the State School for Children in Denton. Mentions Duff's great uncle, Bowd Farrar. Dallas Morning News.
  • Obituary, "Bowd Farrar, 66, Ellis County Bar President Dies: Former Member of Legislature Will Be Buried Saturday," 6/11/1933, p. 3 [text partially obscured]. Dallas Morning News.
  • Simon Bowdon Farrar, birth date 12/26/1866, death date 6/9/1933 in Waxahachie, Ellis County, lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Bowd Farrar (1866-1933), burial in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in "Fifty Years of News - The Enterprise" as "one of the local citizens who were special writers and who helped to make the paper outstanding." Internet genealogical service.


  • Photograph. Bowd Farrar, 42nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Bowd Farrar, 41st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Bowd Farrar, 40th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Bowd Farrar, 39th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

42nd R.S. - 1931
Congressional Districts  
Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts (Chair) 
Municipal and Private Corporations  
Oil, Gas and Mining  
40th R.S. - 1927
Commerce and Manufactures (Vice Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
39th R.S. - 1925
Claims and Accounts  
Conservation and Reclamation  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Penitentiary Investigating Committee  

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