J.W. Parks

James William Parks

Full Name: James William Parks
Date of birth: May 18, 1876
Date of death: March 24, 1963

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 44 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th (1)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 14, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas

(1) Dallas, Dallas County. "District No. 44. Barry Miller, J.W. Parks, John E. Davis and Chas. O. Laney, all of Dallas, composed of the county of Dallas," p. 5. House Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, James William Parks, "James Parks, Leader in Texas Labor, Dies," 3/26/1963, p. 16. "Mr. Parks served three terms as state legislature from Dallas County, from 1912 to 1918. Among the present bills he helped write was the Employers' Compensation Act . . . " Dallas Morning News.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1900 - J.W. Parks, Ellis County, born May 1876 in Kentucky, cigar maker, son-in-law of W.P. and Elizabeth Wall, spouse Laura.
    Census of 1920 - J.W. Parks, Dallas, Dallas County, born circa 1877 in Kentucky, musician/orchestra, spouse Laura.
    Census of 1910, 1930, and 1940 - James W. Parks, Dallas, Dallas County, born circa 1877 in Kentucky, theater musician/manager musician union, spouse Laura A. FamilySearch. 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940
  • James W. Parks, birth date 5/18/1876 in Kentucky; death date 3/24/1963 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas; retired musician. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • James William Parks, birth date 5/18/1876, home address in Dallas, theater musician. FamilySearch United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  • James W. Parks, birth date 5/18/1876, death date 3/24/1963, burial in Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, with Laura A. Parks. Find a Grave.
  • Candidate statement and photo, "Laboring Man Is Running for the Legislature on a Progressive Platform," by J.W. Parks, Lancaster Herald, 7/19/1912, p. 6, crediting Lancaster Genealogical Society. "For some time past, I have been identified with the Cigar Makers' Union and with the Musicians' Union of Dallas." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Mentioned in: Nicola, Carson. On the Labor Front: Uncovering Dallas's Union Legislators 1890-1920. Texas Christian University, May 8, 2023. Texas Christian University.
  • 35th Legislature (1917) - J.W. Parks, postoffice Dallas, nativity Kentucky, age 40 (born circa 1877), 38 years in Texas, musician, member of former legislatures: 33rd-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. J.W. Parks, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.W. Parks, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.W. Parks, 33rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

35th R.S. - 1917
Claims and Accounts  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Public Health  
34th R.S. - 1915
Claims and Accounts (Vice Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Public Health  
33rd R.S. - 1913
Common Carriers  
Constitutional Amendments  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Internal Improvements  

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