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Benjamin Franklin Whitaker

Benj. Whitaker
Full Name: Benjamin Franklin Whitaker
Birth date: December 1845
Death date: June 8, 1916

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 24th (1) & 23rd (2) Legislatures
    1/10/1893 - 1/12/1897
    Democrat
(1) 24th Legislature - Roll of holdover Senators, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(2) 23rd Legislature - All 31 Senators are listed in Roll Call on First Day, 1/10/1893, p. 1; resolution by Sen. Cranford that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/11/1893, p. 5; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal . January 10, 1893
January 11, 1893

Biographical Notes and Resources

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Other Resources

  • Obituary, "'Black Eagle' of Texas Senate Dead at Ripe Age," Tuesday, 6/12/1916, p. 2. "Benjamin Whitaker, 71 years old, one of the first settlers of Texarkana, died Thursday at Alexandria, La. . . . in 1890 he was elected to the State Senate of Texas . . . " Daily Advocate (Victoria, Texas) .
  • Census of 1880 - Benj. Whitaker, Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas, age 34, born circa 1846 in Texas, railroad contractor, wife Anna, sons Waverly, Whatley, and James.
    Census of 1900 - Benjaman Whitaker, Wards 4-5, Grant Parish, Louisiana, age 55, born December 1845 in Texas, saw mill manager, wife Anna P.
    Benjamin Whitaker, born circa 1846, death date 6/8/1916 in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana; father W.M. Whitaker, mother Elizabeth Moore. Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960. FamilySearch . Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 1880
  • 1900
  • Whitaker House, Texarkana, Bowie County. "Built before 1891 by Benjamin F. Whitaker (1845-1916), member of Texas Senate (1893-97), partner of his brother in lumber business and a railroad that became part of Kansas City Southern line." Architect: Whitaker, Benjamin Franklin. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) . National Register listing Historical marker
  • Historical Markers of Bowie County, Whitaker House, Texarkana. Architect: Whitaker, Benjamin Franklin, "served in the Texas Legislature in 1893 under Gov. James S. Hogg & again in 1895 under Gov. C.A. Culberson." Historical marker text - member of Texas Senate (1893-97). TXGenWeb Project .
  • Bowie County Biographies, WHITAKER, WILLIS, SR. (1798-1867). Father of Benjamin F. Whitaker, "who later served in the Texas Senate." TXGenWeb Project .
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