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Robert E. Cofer Robert E. Cofer
Full Name: Robert Emmet Cofer
Date of birth: September 20, 1870
Date of death: February 15, 1944

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 12, 1909 - Sep 27, 1911 32nd (1) (2)   31st (3) (4)   Democrat Gainesville / Cooke   Cooke, Grayson
(1) Cofer resigned 9/27/1911. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 32nd Legislature - 1/10/1911, p. 1, listed in Roll Call with "holdover Senators." Senate Journal.
(3) 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.
(4) 31st Legislature - 1/12/1909, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call as "Senator-elect." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Memorial, April 1944, p. 131. Resigned 1911 to become professor of law at The University of Texas. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Biographical sketch, volume II, pp. 69-70. Robert E. Cofer, birth date 9/20/1870, resigned from state Senate in 1913. Texas Under Many Flags, 1930.
  • Other Resources
  • Discussion of Cofer & Cofer law firm and involvement in the Chambers sisters' claim to land under Texas Capitol building, p. 89. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Obituary, "Ex-Sen. Cofer Dies at Home," 2/15/1944, pp. 1, 2. Austin Statesman.
  • "Criticized Legislature in Commencement Address: R.E. Cofer Declares That Strong, Educated Christian Men Are Needed to Make Laws," 6/8/1909, p. 1. Notes Cofer's address to the State University, Austin, June 8. Brownwood Bulletin.
  • Died 2/15/1944, Austin Statesman, p. 1. Card File.
  • In memoriam - Robert Emmet Cofer. State Senator from 1908 - 1911. Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches - The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the General Faculty.
  • "Former State Senator Robert Cofer Dies," Austin, Feb. 15. 2/16/1944, p. 7. San Antonio Express.
  • Guide to the UT School of Law History Files at the Tarlton Law Library: includes several citations to materials re. Robert E. Cofer - "Cofer Incident 1920-21", speeches re. Cofer's "political activities." Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009.
  • "Academic freedom, 1917." Winter 2004, p. 45. Describes University of Texas investigation of Robert E. Cofer for statement at county fair supporting Governor James Edward Ferguson's political opponent. UT Law Magazine.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert E. Cofer, 31st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert E. Cofer, 32nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 31st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 32nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    32nd R.S. - 1911
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Picture of Senate of the 32nd Legislature, Special (Chair) 
    Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Representative Districts  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    31st R.S. - 1909
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Federal Relations  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Rules  
    State Affairs  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
     

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