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Olan Rogers Van Zandt

Olan R. Van Zandt
Full Name: Olan Rogers Van Zandt
Birth date: March 19, 1890
Death date: December 10, 1985

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 47th (2) (3) (7) & 46th (6) Legislatures
    1/10/1939 - 1/12/1943
    Dean of the Senate,
  • Senate, 45th (5) & 44th (4) Legislatures
    1/8/1935 - 1/10/1939
    Senate President Pro Tempore, 1st C.S., elected 5/27/1937.
  • House, 43rd (1) Legislature
    1/10/1933 - 1/8/1935
  • House, 42nd Legislature
    1/13/1931 - 1/10/1933
  • House, 41st Legislature
    1/8/1929 - 1/13/1931
  • House, 40th Legislature
    1/11/1927 - 1/8/1929
(1) Name, postoffice, occupation, association membership, relationship to persons in state or county government. Resolution, 9/18/1933, pp. 45-48, and Questionnaire Authorized and Directed by Resolution Adopted by the House, 10/11/1933, pp. 588-601. House Journal .
(2) Journal does not indicate who assumed title of Dean of the Senate during the regular session. However, Olan Van Zandt served as chair of the senate caucus, an honor traditionally bestowed upon the dean, pp. 9-11. Senate Journal .
(3) Caucus report for 47th Legislature, 1st called session signed, Olan R. Van Zandt, Dean of the Senate, p. 10, Senate Journal .
(4) 44th Legislature - Roll Call of New Senators and Certificate of New Senators, oath of office administered, 1/8/1935, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(5) 45th Legislature - Roll Call of Senators, holdover Senators "who were Members of the Forty-fourth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-fifth Legislature," 1/12/1937, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal .
(6) 46th Legislature - Roll Call of Senators-Elect, oath of office administered, 1/10/1939, p. 8. Senate Journal .
(7) Lists Cotten, Hill, Weaver Moore, Shivers, Sulak, and Van Zandt as having most seniority, 47th Legislature. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate' 2002.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles


Other Resources

  • Olan R. Van Zandt, birth date 3/19/1890, death date 12/10/1985, burial in Tioga Cemetery, Tioga, Grayson County. Includes draft card, photograph of "Tioga United Method Church," historical marker. Find a Grave .
  • "Three Blind Lawmakers in Texas Legislature," Mt. Pleasant Daily Times, 6/23/1933, p. 3, crediting Mount Pleasant Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • In Memoriam, Olan Rogers Van Zandt. Texas Commission for the Blind. Texas Commission for the Blind Report, Volume 3, Number 1, March 1986, back cover, crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Memorial, July 1986, p. 800. Texas Bar Journal .

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