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Franklin Scott Spears

Franklin S. Spears
Full Name: Franklin Scott Spears
Birth date: August 20, 1931
Death date: April 10, 1996

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 59th & 58th (2) Legislatures
    1/8/1963 - 1/10/1967
  • Senate, 57th (1) Legislature
    12/22/1961 - 1/8/1963
  • House, 57th (1) Legislature
    1/10/1961 - 12/14/1961
  • House, 56th Legislature
    1/13/1959 - 1/10/1961
(1) In Senate, Franklin S. Spears, in special election 12/16/1961, sworn 12/22/1961, succeeded Henry B. Gonzalez, elected Congressman, 25th District, 11/4/1961, resigned Senate seat 11/5/1961. Spears' first session in the Senate was 57th 3rd Called Session. In House, Rudy Esquivel, in special election 12/16/1961, took office 12/22/1961, succeeded Franklin S. Spears, resigned 12/14/1961. Esquivel's first session was 57th 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(2) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries


Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Franklin Scott Spears, Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1979-1990. Relatives: J. Franklin Spears - father, Franklin Scott Spears - son. Justices of Texas, 1836-1986 (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2004.
  • Memorial, September 1996, p. 819. Texas Bar Journal .
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Supreme Court of Texas, April 1985, pp. 432-434. Texas Bar Journal .
  • United States Army, Captain. "Upon graduation in 1954, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army, and was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate. After serving served two years active duty in Germany and honorably discharged as a captain in 1956." Biographical sketch, Supreme Court of Texas, April 1985, p. 434. Texas Bar Journal .
  • United States Army. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country 2017.
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