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William Jackson Cunningham

Full Name: William Jackson Cunningham
Birth date: October 8, 1870
Death date: September 4, 1952

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 30th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Legislature
    1/29/1907 - 1/12/1909
    Democrat
(1) "State Senate honors a vet: W.J. Cunningham given privileges, makes speech," 10/13/1936, p. 3: "In 1906 in a special election held in Dec. of that year, he defeated the incumbent, Senator Hawkins, for the honor of representing this district...", SR 13. Abilene Daily Reporter .
(2) "W.J. Cunningham to first public office 40 years ago this month," 11/3/1943, p. 10. In 1906, drafted during caucus at Baird to run against incumbent Senator Hawkins. Abilene Reporter-News .
(3) William J. Cunningham, in special election 1/1/1907, succeeded Albert S. Hawkins, resigned 12/22/1906. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) Notice of resignation for Senator A.S. Hawkins dated 12/21/1906 on file in Secretary of State's office, and accepted by Governor S.W.T. Lanham on 12/22/1906, p. 57; Oath of office administered to Senator W.J. Cunningham, 1/29/1907, p. 153. Senate Journal .
(5) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 53rd Legislature, R.S., SR 131. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • Resolutions - honorary. SR 13, 44th Legislature, 3rd C.S., p. 64. "W.J. Cunningham, a former member of this State Senate from Abilene, is now in the Senate Chamber" and addressed the Senate. Senate Journal .

Other Resources

  • W.J. Cunningham, birth date 10/8/1870 in Baxter County, Arkansas; death date 9/4/1952 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas; retired attorney. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • Memorial, October 1952, p. 533. Texas Bar Journal .

Committee Information

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