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William Jeffries Greer

Full Name: William Jeffries Greer
Date of birth: April 3, 1853
Date of death: June 4, 1913

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 7 Jan 10, 1911 - Jun 4, 1913 33rd (1) (2) (3)   32nd (4)   33rd (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Wills Point / Van Zandt Senate President Pro Tempore (33rd)   Camp, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood
S 7 Jan 8, 1907 - Jan 10, 1911 30th (7)   31st (5) (6)   Democrat Wills Point / Van Zandt   Camp, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

(1) 33rd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/1/1913, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) Earl M. Greer, in special election 7/19/1913, sworn 7/23/1913, succeeded his father, William J. Greer, died 6/4/1913, after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 33rd Legislature - Roll Call, holdover Senators elected on 11/8/1910 for a full period of four years, 1/14/1913, pp. 1-3. Senate Journal.
(4) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/10/1911, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(5) 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.
(6) 31st Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/12/1909, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(7) 30th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/8/1907, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Portrait and biographical sketch of William Jeffries Greer (birth date 4/3/1853, death date 6/4/1913), mentions son Earl M. Greer (birth date 8/18/1886), Volume III, pp. 1318-1320. Relatives: William J. Greer - father, Earl M. Greer - son. A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.

Other Resources

  • "Capital Whirligig," by R.W. Barry, 1/6/1934, p. 2, fathers-sons W.J. Greer-Earl M. Greer & Albert Stone-Heber Stone. Greer succession "the only one in Texas history where a son immediately succeeded his father in the senate." Denton Record-Chronicle.
  • Includes brief discussion of East Texas Senators McDonald Meachum and William J. Greer, Volume III, Chapter XXXIII, "Some East Texas banking history," p. 1381. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers, 1940.
  • Census of 1900 - William J. Greer, Wills Point town, Van Zandt County, age 47, born April 1853 in South Carolina, lawyer; son Earl M. Greer, age 15, born August 1885 in Texas.
    Census of 1910 - William J. Greer, Wills Point, Van Zandt County, age 56, born circa 1854 in South Carolina, lawyer; son Earl M. Greer, age 23, born circa 1887 in Texas. FamilySearch. 1900 1910
  • Portrait, "In the Legislative Gallery," 2/3/1907, p. 6. Houston Post.
  • Earl M. Greer (1886-1963) and W.J. Greer (1853-1913). White Rose Cemetery, G-H. Van Zandt County, TXGenWeb Project.


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Committee Information top

33rd R.S. - 1913
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
State Asylums  
State Penitentiaries  
32nd R.S. - 1911
Constitutional Amendments  
Judiciary No. 1  
Public Health  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
Senatorial Districts  
State Affairs  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
31st R.S. - 1909
Contingent Expenses  
H. Bascom Thomas Expulsion, Committee of the Whole Senate  
Judiciary No. 2  
Penitentiaries Investigating  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
State Asylums  
30th R.S. - 1907
Judiciary No. 2  
Military Affairs  
Rules (Chair) 
State Affairs  
State Penitentiaries  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  

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