Choice B. Randell

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Choice Boswell Randell
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United States Congressman
Texas 4th Congressional District
In office
Preceded by Morris Sheppard
Succeeded by Sam Rayburn
United States Congressman
Texas 5th Congressional District
In office
Preceded by Joseph W. Bailey
Succeeded by James Andrew Beall
County Attorney
Grayson County
In office
City Attorney
Denison, Texas
In office
Personal details
Born (1857-01-01)January 1, 1857
Murray County, Georgia
Died October 19, 1945(1945-10-19) (aged 88)
Sherman, Texas
Resting place West Hill Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Marschalk
Children Andrew
Profession Lawyer
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance Texas State Militia
Unit Fourth Texas Regiment

Choice Boswell Randell (January 1, 1857 – October 19, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from Texas, nephew of Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell.


Charles Boswell Randell was born to James L. and Louisa Amantha (Gartrell) Randell in Murray County, Georgia.[1]

He attended public and private schools and the North Georgia Agricultural College at Dahlonega, Georgia, but did not graduate. Instead, he changed his course of study to law and was admitted to the Georgia State Bar in 1878.[2] Randell commenced his law practice in Denison, Texas, in January 1879. He moved to Sherman, Texas, in 1882 and continued the practice of law.

Public service[edit]

Randell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1913). He was non-supportive of women's suffrage and expressed in a letter to women's Suffragette leader Ermina Thompson Folsom that his concern was race-based.[3] Randell was the author of the Anti-Graft Resolutions to prevent members of United States Congress from receiving gifts or fees from anyone with business before Congress.[4]

With pending reapportionment of his Congressional district, Randall chose to make a bid for the United States Senate in 1912, rather than run for re-election as a member of the United States House of Representatives.[4] Randall was unsuccessful in his Senate bid, and Sam Rayburn succeeded him as Congressman.

After his career in public service ended, Randell resumed the practice of law.


He died in Sherman, Texas, October 19, 1945, and is interred in West Hill Cemetery.[5]

Fraternal memberships[edit]

Choice B. Randell had membership[6] in the following organizations:


  1. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 
  2. ^ Hart, Brian: Choice B Randell from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 16 July 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  3. ^ Erminia Thompson Folsom Papers. "C.B. Randell to Erminia Thompson Folsom, November 25, 1910". Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Champagne, Anthony; Harris, Dr. Douglas B; Riddlesperger Jr, James W; Nelson, Dr. Garrison (2009). The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937–1989. TAMU. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-60344-120-9. 
  5. ^ "Grave of Choice B Randell". Find a Grave. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Choice B Randell-The Political Graveyard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Weldon Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Andrew Beall
Preceded by
Morris Sheppard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Sam Rayburn