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A.M. Aikin, Jr.

A.M. Aikin, Jr.
Full Name: Alexander Mack Aikin, Jr.
Other surnames: Aiken,
Birth date: October 9, 1905
Death date: October 24, 1981

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 65th & 64th Legislatures
    1/14/1975 - 1/9/1979
    Democrat
    Dean of the Senate.
    Dean of the Senate.
  • Senate, 63rd (7) Legislature
    1/9/1973 - 1/14/1975
    Democrat
    Dean of the Senate.
  • Senate, 62nd & 61st Legislatures
    1/14/1969 - 1/9/1973
    Democrat
    Dean of the Senate.
    Dean of the Senate.
  • Senate, 60th (3) Legislature
    1/10/1967 - 1/14/1969
    Democrat
    Dean of the Senate.
  • Senate, 59th & 58th (1) (5) (8) Legislatures
    1/8/1963 - 1/10/1967
    Democrat
    Dean of the Senate.
    Dean of the Senate.
  • Senate, 57th & 56th Legislatures
    1/13/1959 - 1/8/1963
    Democrat
  • Senate, 55th & 54th Legislatures
    1/11/1955 - 1/13/1959
    Democrat
  • Senate, 53rd (6) Legislature
    1/13/1953 - 1/11/1955
    Democrat
  • Senate, 52nd & 51st Legislatures
    1/11/1949 - 1/13/1953
    Democrat
  • Senate, 50th & 49th Legislatures
    1/9/1945 - 1/11/1949
    Democrat
  • Senate, 48th & 47th Legislatures
    1/14/1941 - 1/9/1945
    Democrat
    Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim R.S., elected 5/11/1943.
  • Senate, 46th (2) & 45th (4) Legislatures
    1/12/1937 - 1/14/1941
    Democrat
  • House, 44th Legislature
    1/8/1935 - 1/12/1937
    Democrat
  • House, 43rd Legislature
    1/10/1933 - 1/8/1935
    Democrat
(1) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal .
(2) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, pp. 1-2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators. . .who were Members of the Forty-fifth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-sixth Legislature." Senate Journal .
(3) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(4) 45th Legislature - 1/12/1937, p. 2, listed in "Oath of Office Administered to Senators-Elect." Senate Journal .
(5) 58th Legislature - Presentation of Dean of Senate, 1/9/1963, p. 15. Senator Reagan by unanimous consent presented Senator A. M. Aikin, Jr., as Dean of the Senate, succeeding former Senator R. A. Weinert of Seguin. Senate Journal .
(6) 53rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/1953, pp. 16-17. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(7) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(8) See the Senate Journal, 58th Legislature, p. 15. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate' 2002.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch and description of the Aikin Archive collection, A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives .
  • Relatives: A.M. Aikin, Jr. - father; A.M. Aikin, III - son; "Aikin to run for education board," 11/11/1987. Austin American Statesman .
  • Joint session of the legislature called to honor A.M. Aikin, Jr., "a tradition very seldom broken that this state honor a living human being," "Dean of Legislature Honored at Capitol," 5/27/1973. Austin American Statesman .
  • "And for those who have wondered what 'A. M.' stands for--it's initials only, no first or middle name," "A Tribute to 37 Years of Service," 5/24/1973. Dallas Morning News .
  • Photograph, Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process 1950.
  • AIKIN, A.M., JR. (1905-1981). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Census of 1910 lists Alexander Aikin, Jr., 4 years old, Red River, TX. HeritageQuest Online .
  • Obituary, 10/26/1981, "A.M. Aikin, longest tenured in Texas legislature, is dead." New York Times .
  • Mentioned in history of Senatorial redistricting for Lamar County, "Backward Glances (from the scrapbooks of the late A.W. Neville, Editor of the Paris News, 1936-1956, 3/14/1951)," republished 8/26/1976, p. 6. Paris News .
  • Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar County, TX. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries .
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Senate Biographies, 63rd Legislature 1973.
  • As Senate President Pro Tem, Aikin declared martial law in Beaumont, TX, following race riots, "Sen. Aikin has Busy Time Pinch-Hitting for Stevenson as Martial Law Reigns," 6/21/1943. State Observer .
  • Photo, Texas Education Agency .
  • Occupational and biographical information - 45th Legislature, Chapter 1, "The Big Job," pp. 1-17. The Legislature and the Texas People 1937.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. The Senators of Texas, 64th Session 1975.

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