Louis J. Wortham

Louis J. Wortham

Full Name: Louis J. Wortham
Date of birth: 1858
Date of death: September 10, 1927

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 52 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Fort Worth / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 52 Jan 14, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd   Democrat Fort Worth / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 78 Jan 10, 1911 - Jan 14, 1913 32nd (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Fort Worth / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 78 Jan 12, 1909 - Jan 10, 1911 31st (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Fort Worth / Tarrant   Tarrant

(1) District 18 comprised of Shelby county; District 78 comprised of Tarrant county, pp. 33, 36, Acts 1901, 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 8. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) District 78 represented by Louis J. Wortham, p. 6. House Journal.
(3) District 18 represented by Louis J. Wortham, p. 154. Texas Legislative Manual.
(4) Democrat; roster of members of the 31st Legislature with biographical and party information. "Year Book 1909," Number 13, May-June 1910, pp. 408-415. Bulletin (Texas Department of Agriculture), 1910.
(5) District No. 78 - Louis J. Wortham, Fort Worth; W.B. Fitzhugh, Arlington. House Journal.
(6) 78th - W.B. Fitzhugh, Arlington; Louis J. Wortham, Fort Worth. Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 39th Legislature, R.S., 3/18/1925, p. 1865, In Memory of Colonel W.B. Wortham (state treasurer, son of William Amos Wortham). Relatives: William Amos Wortham - father, Louis J. Wortham - son. Resolutions - Memorial.

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, "Louis J. Wortham, Noted Texas Editor, Dies in Greenville," 9/11/1927, pp. 1, 8. Death date 9/10/1927. "One of the founders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . . . He was 68 years old last November . . . His only public office was as a legislator from Tarrant County." Editorial, Louis J. Wortham, 9/11/1927, Society and Clubs section, p. 6, signed by Amon G. Carter and others. "Tribute Paid to Wortham at Funeral," 9/12/1927, pp. 1, 2. Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • WORTHAM, LOUIS J. (1859-1927). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, photo, and cartoon, L.J. Wortham. Newspaper Artists' Association, Fort Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, 1914, p. 132, crediting Amon Carter Museum. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • Louis J. Wortham, General-Manager of the Texas World's Fair Commission for the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, state senator, and historian. Phillips, Edward H. (1985) "Texas and the World Fairs, 1851-1935," Volume 23, Issue 2, Article 5, October 1985, pp. 3-13. East Texas Historical Journal.
  • Census of 1900 - Lewis Wortham, Austin, Travis County, age 42, born March 1858 in Texas, editor, wife Frue B. Wortham.
    Census of 1910 - Louis J. Wortham, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, age 55, born circa 1855 in Texas, manager, Star Telegram, wife Fru Wortham. FamilySearch. 1900 1910
  • Louis J. Wortham (1858-1927), photo, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County. Find a Grave.
  • Author of 5-volume Texas history in LRL collection, 976.4 W899H 1924. A History of Texas: from Wilderness to Commonwealth, 1924.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

34th R.S. - 1915
Municipal Corporations  
Public Debt  
Revenue and Taxation  
33rd R.S. - 1913
Appropriations (Chair) 
32nd R.S. - 1911
Appropriations Subcommittee on the Agricultural and Mechanical College (Chair) 
Appropriations Subcommittee on the Prairie View Normal (Chair) 
Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Penitentiaries and State Farms  
Congressional Districts  
Game and Fisheries  
Insurance (Chair) 
Municipal Corporations  
Revenue and Taxation  
31st 1st C.S. - 1909
Privileges, Suffrage, and Elections  
31st R.S. - 1909
Insurance (Chair) 
Revenue and Taxation  

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