Charles Vernon Terrell

Full Name: Charles Vernon Terrell
Date of birth: May 2, 1861
Date of death: November 17, 1959

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 31 Jul 28, 1910 - Jan 14, 1913 32nd (1) (2)   31st (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)   32nd (1) (2)   Democrat Decatur / Wise Senate President Pro Tempore (32nd)   Denton, Montague, Wise
S 31 Jan 12, 1897 - Jan 8, 1901 25th (10)   26th (9)   Democrat Decatur / Wise   Denton, Montague, Wise

(1) 32nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 7/31/1911, 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(2) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/10/1911, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) "Candidates For Next Legislature...Preliminary Survey of Situation Looks Unfavorable for Submission in 32d...Positions of Aspirants...", 7/10/1910, p. 20. Includes a list of candidates for the special election to be held on 7/23/1910. "C.V. Terrell, Decatur." Galveston Daily News.
(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) "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.
(6) Elected at special election 7/23/1910 to succeed J.P. Hayter, resigned. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
(7) J.P. Hayter resigned after 2nd Called Session, 1909 - succeeded by C.V. Terrell, elected at the special election 7/23/1910. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
(8) Charles V. Terrell, sworn 7/28/1910, succeeded John P. Hayter, resigned 6/15/1910. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(9) 26th Legislature - Roll of holdover Senators, 1/10/1899, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(10) 25th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/12/1897, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • "He served as a first lieutenant and captain of the Decatur Rifles and led the militia unit at the Fort Worth railroad strike when Governor John Ireland called out the state guard." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Decatur Rifles, Captain. Grave marker inscription. Texas State Cemetery.

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in "Under the Dome at Austin," 4/25/1947. Mexia Daily News.
  • Railroad Commissioners Past through Present, with dates of service. Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • Mentioned in George Butler Terrell biographical sketch, Terrill/Terrill/Tyrrell Lines. Internet genealogical service.
  • Author - Austin, Tex.: C.V. Terrell, 1948, 336 pgs. The Terrells: Eighty-Five Years Texas from Indians to Atomic Bomb, 1948.
  • Mentioned in "Wise is a Healthy County," 11/26/1953, p. 1. "The oldest living ex-Senator, Terrell came to Austin in 1897." Wise County Messenger.


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Committee Information top

32nd R.S. - 1911
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Mining and Irrigation  
Public Printing  
State Asylums  
31st R.S. - 1909
Counties and County Boundaries  
Engrossed Bills  
Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
Public Health  
Public Lands and Land Office  
State Asylums  
26th R.S. - 1899
Colored Deaf, Dumb & Blind Asylum, Special Committee to Investigate Charges against  
Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
Educational Affairs  
Judiciary No. 2  
Military Affairs  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
25th R.S. - 1897
Agricultural & Mechanical College, Prairie View Normal, and Sam Houston Normal, Special  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Federal Relations  
Investigation Relative to Missing Amendment to S.B. No. 258 - Text-book Bill, Special  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
Judiciary No. 2  
Military Affairs (Chair) 
Privileges and Election  
Public Printing  
Redistricting State Judiciary, Special  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Treasury and Comptroller's Office  

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