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William Roy Cousins

W.R. Cousins
Full Name: William Roy Cousins, Sr.
Birth date: January 26, 1881
Death date: August 30, 1975

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 43rd (9) & 42nd (7) Legislatures
    1/13/1931 - 1/8/1935
    Democrat
  • Senate, 41st (2) (3) (8) (10) Legislature
    1/28/1929 - 1/13/1931
    Democrat
    Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim R.S., elected 3/14/1929.
  • Senate, 38th (1) (6) Legislature
    1/9/1923 - 1/13/1925
    Democrat
  • Senate, 37th (5) & 36th (4) Legislatures
    1/14/1919 - 1/9/1923
    Democrat
(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1924 due to redistricting. Act approved 1921 and effective Apr. 1, 1924, 37th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 60, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) "Fifteen State Senators Must Seek Re-Election in Summer", 1/3/1930, p. 2. Big Spring Daily Herald .
(3) Wilfred R. Cousins, Sr., in special election 1/21/1929, sworn in 41st Legislature, succeeded Henry F. Triplett, died 12/14/1928. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) 36th Legislature - 1/14/1919, pp. 1-2, listed as "member-elect" in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 5th, 1918. Senate Journal .
(5) 37th Legislature - 1/11/1921, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call of Holdover Senators. Senate Journal .
(6) 38th Legislature - 1/9/1923, p. 1-2, List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November Seventh, 1922. Senate Journal .
(7) 42nd Legislature - 1/13/1931, p. 1, listed in "Roll Call of Newly-Elected Senators." Senate Journal .
(8) Swearing in date is uncertain; Senator Cousins was introduced to the Senate on January 28, 1929, p. 262. Senate Journal .
(9) 43rd Legislature - 1/10/1933, p. 1, listed in "Roll Call of Holdover Senators." Senate Media .
(10) Assumed Democrat based on listing as a Democrat in the 36th, 37th, 38th, 42nd, and 43rd Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 70th Legislature, 2nd C.S., SR 125. Wilfred Roy Cousins. Relatives - William Roy Cousins, Sr.[?] - father, Wilfred Roy Cousins, Jr. - son. Sources indicate father/son relationship. Most use Jr./Sr. designation in spite of difference in given names. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 65th Legislature, R.S., SR 42. W.R. Cousins, Sr. Died 8/30/1976. Resolutions - Memorial .

Photographs

Other Resources

  • William Roy Cousins (father of Wilfred Roy Cousins), born 1/28/1881, died 8/1975 in Beaumont, TX. Cousins/Cozens Family Genealogy from Virginia 2000.
  • Wilfred R. Cousins, Sr. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
  • William Roy Cousins, wife of Essie May Fortenberry, died 8/30/1975. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Beaumont, TX, Lynn's Family Connections: Fortenberry Genealogical Data Page, RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .
  • William Roy Cousins, father of Wilfred Roy Cousins, Jr., born 1/26/1881, died 8/30/1975, Relatives of Ralph and Pat Roberts. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .
  • Memorial, February 1976, p. 178. Survived by son, W.R. Cousins, Jr. Died 8/30/1975. Texas Bar Journal .

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