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John L. Ratliff

J.L. Ratliff
Full Name: John L. Ratliff
Birth date: June 4, 1866
Death date: February 2, 1955

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 32nd (3) & 31st (1) (2) (4) Legislatures
    8/1/1910 - 1/14/1913
(1) "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 .
(2) John L. Ratliff, sworn 8/1/1910, succeeded H. Bascom Thomas, expelled 3/13/1909, reelected 4/3/1909, seated 4/10/1909, and resigned 5/15/1910. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/10/1911, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(4) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 32nd Legislature. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • John L. Ratliff (1866-1955), interment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, South Carolina. BillionGraves .
  • Census of 1900 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 34, born June 1866 in Texas, merchant, wife Lydia, daughters Margaret Ratliff and Gladis Richards.
    Census of 1910 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 43, born circa 1867 in Texas, lawyer, wife Lydia, daughters Gladys Richards and Margaret Ratliff.
    Census of 1920 - John L. Ratliff, Cooper, Delta County, age 51, born circa 1869 in Texas, real estate/farms, widowed, daughter Margaret.
    Census of 1930 - John L. Ratliff, Lubbock, Lubbock County, age 62, born circa 1880 in Texas, lawyer, wife Mollie I., daughter Charlotte B. Hopkins.
    Census of 1940 - J.L. Ratliff, Lubbock, Lubbock County, age 62, born circa 1878 in Texas, lawyer, wife Mollie I.
    John L. Ratliff, birth date 6/4/1866 in Texas, death date 2/2/1955 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, retired attorney, informant Mrs. Mollie Ratliff. FamilySearch . South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965 1940
  • 1900 1920 1910
  • Obituary, "John L. Ratliff Dies in South Carolina," 2/2/1955, p. 10. "Ratliff, called 'Judge' by friends because he at one time served as county judge at Cooper, where he lived prior to moving in 1925 to Lubbock . . . " Lubbock Evening Journal .
  • "Ratliff Family Will Hold Second Annual Reunion," 6/24/1938, p. 9. "John L. Ratliff of Lubbock is former Delta county judge and was state senator for this district." Paris News .
  • Obituary, John L. Ratliff, 2/2/1955, p. 9. Born in Lamar County at Glory, elected Delta County judge and later practiced law in Lubbock 15 or 20 years. Paris News .
  • 32nd Legislature (1911) - J.L. Ratliff, postoffice Cooper, Delta County, nativity Texas, lawyer, Democrat, age 44 (born circa 1867), 44 years in Texas, member of former legislatures: 3rd and 4th Called Sessions, 31st Senate. Texas Legislative Manual .
  • Possible author of Delta County entry in 1904 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide, courtesy of The Center for American History. TXGenWeb Project .
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