BECKWORTH, Lindley Garrison, Sr., (1913 - 1984)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

BECKWORTH, Lindley Garrison, Sr., a Representative from Texas; born on a farm in the South Bouie community near Mabank, Kaufman County, Tex., June 30, 1913; attended the rural schools, Abilene Christian College, East Texas State Teachers College, Commerce, Tex., Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Tex., and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.; taught school in Upshur County, Tex, for three years; attended the law department of Baylor University, Waco, Tex., and the University of Texas at Austin; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced practice in Gilmer, Tex.; member of the State house of representatives 1936-1938; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952, but was unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed the practice of law in Longview, Tex.; elected to the Eighty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1967); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1966; judge, United States Custom Court, New York City, 1967-1968; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Upshur County, Gladewater, Tex. until his death at Tyler, March 9, 1984; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, Tex.


Bibliography

Kemper, Billie Bundick. “Lindley Beckworth: Grassroots Congressman.” Master’s thesis, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1980.