Legislative Reference Library of Texas About the library Site Index
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research

LRL Home - Legislators and Leaders - Texas Legislators: Past & Present - Member profile

W.D. Lair William Dixon Lair
Full Name: William Dixon Lair
Date of birth: May 12, 1814
Date of death: June 3, 1887

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 16th (3) (4) (5)   17th (1) (2)   Democrat Melissa / Collin   Collin, Denton
S 15 Feb 2, 1863 - Nov 2, 1863 9th (6) (7) (8)     Melissa / Collin   Collin, Grayson

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(3) 16th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/14/1879, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(4) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) Democrat - "After his election as a Democrat in 1878 . . . ," p. 255. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(6) William Lair, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded J.J. Dickson, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Roll of Senators-elect to fill vacancies, oath of office administered, 2/2/1863, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(8) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - predecessor J.J. Dickson drew "the short term" (two years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Dr. W.D. Lair, Pioneer Collin Physician and State Senator. Daily Courier Gazette date 1936, May 3?, 1929. Early Settlers of Collin County, Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage, 2010.
  • Dr. William Dixon Lair, biographical sketch from The Daily Courier Gazette May 1929 and 1936, Texas Senate and Kentucky Legislature. burial in Lair Cemetery, Anna, Collin County. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 242-243. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 12, 255; service in 16th-17th Senate, pp. 254-255, 279. Served four years in Kentucky legislature before moving to Texas in 1859. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.D. Lair, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Institute for the Blind (Co-Chair) 
    Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    Senatorial and Representative Districts  
    State Asylums  
    Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas (Chair) 
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Educational Affairs  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
    Private Land Claims  
    State Asylums  
    Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Enrolled Bills  
    General Land Office  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Public Lands  

    This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

    Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

    Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.