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William Luther Dean

W.L. Dean
Full Name: William Luther Dean
Birth date: April 3, 1866
Death date: July 14, 1933

Terms of Service

(1) Lived in Madisonville during House service in 25th Legislature. Texas Under Many Flags, 1930, Volume V, p. 134. (Created 10/19/2007.) HeritageQuest Online .
(2) Madison County. House Journal .
(3) Madisonville, Madison County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) 35th Legislature - Member-elect in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 7, 1916, oath of office administered, 1/9/1917, pp. 2-3. Senate Journal .
(5) 36th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/14/1919, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(6) Huntsville, Walker County. Senate Journal .
(7) Huntsville, Walker County. Senate Journal .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries


Other Resources

  • Listed in "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931," pp. 205-209. Includes Date, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. Early History of Grimes County 1930.
  • W.L. Dean, birth date 4/3/1866 in Texas; death date 7/14/1933 in Huntsville, Walker County; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • W.L. Dean, birth date 4/3/1866, death date 7/14/1933, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Walker County. Includes obituary from The Orange Leader, 7/16/1933. Find a Grave .
  • Obituary, "Dean, Author of Texas Dry Law, Dies Suddenly," 7/15/1933, p. 1. Former State Senator, served as Representative in the 25th Legislature; author of the State dry law; presided at the impeachment trial of Governor James E. Ferguson.
    Photo, "Funeral Held for W.L. Dean," 7/16/1933, p. 8. Fort Worth Star-Telegram .
  • Biographical sketch, William Luther Dean, Texas Under Many Flags, 1930, Volume V, p. 134. "After ten years in Madisonville, he removed to Huntsville . . . " (Created 10/19/2007.) HeritageQuest Online .
  • Author of SB 143, 36th 2nd C.S. (1919), Relating to creating a statewide intoxicating liquor prohibition law. Legislative Reference Library .
  • Biographical sketch, Senate of the 35th Legislature, "A Look at the Affairs of State: The Real Names and Addresses of Thirty-one Senators With Additional Facts," The Houston Post, 3/22/1917, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Senator W. Luther Dean of Huntsville, author of "the famous all-dry Dean Law"; description of the provisions and penalties of the Dean Law, effective in October 1919. "The Struggle for Sobriety: Protestants and Prohibition in Texas: 1919-1935," Monograph No. 62 (1980), pp. 5-8. Southwestern Studies .
  • Historical marker, William Luther Dean, Huntsville, Walker County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .
  • Brief biographical sketch, W.L. Dean, p. 150. Born 4/3/1866 in Madison County. Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature 1897.
  • William Luther Dean, born 1866 in Madisonville, Texas. Profile of law firm Dean, Humphrey & Powell, Huntsville, Texas, 1918 edition, p. 652. The American Bar: Contemporary Lawyers of the United States and Canada .
  • "In Texas, the state legislature adopted a similar measure for prohibition enforcement. Sponsored by W. Luther Dean of Huntsville, the Dean Law took effect in October 1919." Greene, Casey. "More Than a Thimbleful: Prohibition in Galveston, 1919-1933," vol. 111, no. 1 (1989), pp. 45-56. The Houston Review: History and Culture of the Gulf Coast .
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