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Temple Dickson

Temple Dickson
Full Name: Robert Temple Dickson III
Birth date: October 29, 1934
Death date: November 29, 2006

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 72nd & 71st Legislatures
    1/10/1989 - 1/12/1993
  • House, 61st Legislature
    1/14/1969 - 1/12/1971
  • House, 60th Legislature
    1/10/1967 - 1/14/1969
  • House, 59th (1) Legislature
    1/12/1965 - 1/10/1967
(1) Sworn 11/23/1964. Oaths of Office .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named one of 'The Worst'. Best and Worst Legislators 1991.


Other Resources

  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance 2007.
  • Relatives: R. Temple Dickson - father, R. Temple Dickson III - son. "Temple Dickson: Country Lawyer Raises Rural Voice in the Legislature," 3/12/1989. Abilene Reporter-News .
  • "As a representative Temple wrote and sponsored the Texas Tort Claims Act, which for the first time held the government responsible for its negligent acts . . . landmark 1969 legislation." "Temple also filed what may have been the first civil rights bill in Texas." Obituary and photo, 12/1/2006. Austin American-Statesman .
  • Obituary and photo, "Lawmaker Put Reform on Agenda for Texas," 12/1/2006. Austin American-Statesman .
  • Biographical sketch and photo. National WASP World War II Museum at Avenger Field .
  • "Sinking of the Andrea Doria," 7/25/1990. Mrs. Temple Dickson provides an account of her rescue from the shipwrecked Andrea Doria. Sweetwater Reporter .
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 71st Legislature 1989.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 72nd Legislature 1991.
  • Texas Legislature, Senate: An Inventory of Records of Senator Temple Dickson at the Texas State Archives, 1984-1991 (bulk 1989-1991). (website includes biography) Texas State Library and Archives Commission .
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