J.L. Ratliff

John L. Ratliff

Full Name: John L. Ratliff
Date of birth: June 4, 1866
Date of death: February 2, 1955

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Aug 1, 1910 - Jan 14, 1913 31st (2) (3) (4)   32nd (1)   Democrat Cooper / Delta   Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Red River, Titus

(1) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/10/1911, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) "Forecast of 32d Legislature: List of Democratic Nominees for Senate and House of Representatives: Elected for the Vacancies: Fifteen New Members of the Thirty-first are Chosen, Three of Them Senators," 8/6/1910, p. 11. Galveston Daily News.
(3) John L. Ratliff, sworn 8/1/1910, succeeded H. Bascom Thomas, expelled 3/13/1909, reelected 4/3/1909, seated 4/10/1909, and resigned 5/15/1910. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 32nd Legislature. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "John L. Ratliff Dies in South Carolina," 2/2/1955, p. 10. "Ratliff, called 'Judge' by friends because he at one time served as county judge at Cooper, where he lived prior to moving in 1925 to Lubbock . . . " Lubbock Evening Journal.
  • Obituary, John L. Ratliff, 2/2/1955, p. 9. Born in Lamar County at Glory, elected Delta County judge and later practiced law in Lubbock 15 or 20 years. Paris News.

Other Resources

  • John L. Ratliff (1866-1955), interment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, South Carolina. BillionGraves.
  • Census of 1900 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 34, born June 1866 in Texas, merchant, wife Lydia, daughters Margaret Ratliff and Gladis Richards.
    Census of 1910 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 43, born circa 1867 in Texas, lawyer, wife Lydia, daughters Gladys Richards and Margaret Ratliff.
    Census of 1920 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 51, born circa 1869 in Texas, real estate/farms, widowed, daughter Margaret.
    Census of 1930 - John L. Ratliff, Lubbock, Lubbock County, age 62, born circa 1880 in Texas, lawyer, wife Mollie I., daughter Charlotte B. Hopkins.
    Census of 1940 - J.L. Ratliff, Lubbock, Lubbock County, age 62, born circa 1878 in Texas, lawyer, wife Mollie I.
    John L. Ratliff, birth date 6/4/1866 in Texas, death date 2/2/1955 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, retired attorney, informant Mrs. Mollie Ratliff. FamilySearch. 1900 1910 1920 1940 South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965
  • "Ratliff Family Will Hold Second Annual Reunion," 6/24/1938, p. 9. "John L. Ratliff of Lubbock is former Delta county judge and was state senator for this district." Paris News.
  • Delta County, by John L. Ratliff, Cooper, p. 249. Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide for 1904, May 1904, crediting Texas State Historical Association. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 32nd Legislature (1911) - J.L. Ratliff, postoffice Cooper, Delta County, nativity Texas, lawyer, Democrat, age 44 (born circa 1867), 44 years in Texas, member of former legislatures: 3rd and 4th Called Sessions, 31st Senate. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. J.L. Ratliff, 32nd Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

32nd R.S. - 1911
Congressional Districts  
Contingent Expenses  
Educational Affairs  
Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
Public Printing  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
State Asylums  
31st R.S. - 1909
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Engrossed Bills  
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 1  
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
State Affairs  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  

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