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William Henry O'Beirne

W.H. O'Beirne
Full Name: William Henry O'Beirne
Birth date: May 9, 1860
Death date: September 13, 1949

Terms of Service

  • House, 30th Legislature
    1/8/1907 - 1/12/1909

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Obituary, "William H. O'Beirne Dies at 89; Helped to Found Wooddale [Illinois]," 9/14/1949, p. 36. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1875; death date 9/13/1949; burial in Huntsville, Alabama. "In World War I he was a colonel and prior to coming to Illinois he was a state senator [sic] in Texas." Chicago Tribune .
  • William H. O'Beirne, biographical sketch and photo, "A Clipper Ship Seaman Sails Memory Lane," 4/28/1946. Chicago Tribune .
  • Biographical sketch of William H. O'Beirne and twin brother Edward, "Elgin Twins Rose from Poverty to National Prominence," 5/16/1999. Courtesy Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois. "After serving two terms in the Texas state senate [sic], Will O'Beirne (1860-1949) returned to Elgin . . ." Elgin Daily Courier-News (Elgin, Illinois) .
  • Obituary and photo, "Will O'Beirne, Navy Veteran, Dies at 89," 9/14/1949. Courtesy Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois. William H. O'Beirne, birth date 5/9/1860 in New Haven, Connecticut, death date 9/13/1949; "Elected State Senator [sic]: Later the two brothers moved to Gainesville, Tex. . . . William became an intimate friend of Joseph Wendell Bailey, and under his sponsorship was elected to the Texas state senate [sic] two terms." Elgin Daily Courier-News (Elgin, Illinois) .
  • United States Navy, enlisted at the age of 15 with twin brother Edward, trained on U.S.S. Minnesota and assigned to U.S.S. Hartford. United States Army, Colonel, World War I. Obituary, "Will O'Beirne, Navy Veteran, Dies at 89," 9/14/1949. Elgin Daily Courier-News (Elgin, Illinois) .
  • William Henry O'Beirne, birth date 5/9/1860, death date 9/13/1949, burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. Find a Grave .
  • "Announcements: State Senator," Sunday Gazeteer (Denison, Texas), 6/28/1908, top of 1st col., p. 4. William H. O'Beirne announced as candidate for State Senator, 4th Senatorial District, subject to action of the Democratic primaries.
    Democratic primary election results in Denison, Sherman, and Total, Sunday Gazeteer (Denison, Texas), 8/2/1908, p. 1, showing State Senator: Robert E. Cofer, 3366 total, and Wm. H. O'Beirne, 1496 total. Crediting Grayson County Frontier Village. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . Candidate Announcement Primary Election Results
  • 30th Legislature (1907) - W.H. O'Beirne, postoffice Gainesville, nativity Connecticut, age 46 (born circa 1861), engineering, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .
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