Charles E. Turner

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Charles Edward Turner
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Tom Bradford
Succeeded by George Sergeant
Personal details
Born (1886-09-13)September 13, 1886
Richardson, Texas
Died March 5, 1936(1936-03-05) (aged 49)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Grove Hill Cemetery
Nationality  USA
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Valine Leachman
Children Betty Valine Turner
Alma mater Adamson High School
Occupation Real estate
Military service
Years of service 1917–1919
Rank Lieutenant/Captain
Unit Co. A., 345th Machine Gun Battalion, 180th Brigade, Ninetieth Division
Commands Co. B., 345th Machine Gun Battalion
Battles/wars St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Discharge Honorable

Charles Edward Turner (September 13, 1886 – March 5, 1936), real estate developer, was mayor of Dallas from 1932–1935.


Turner was born in Richardson, Texas to John Edward Turner and Mary E. Heffington. He married Valine Leachman, daughter of George Sidney Leachman and Margaret Eugenia Whaley. They had two children.

He began his career as a traveling salesman for a drug company. By 1914 he had become involved in real estate. In 1917 he enlisted and was commissioned as an officer in the 345th Machine Gun Battalion. He was given his own command in 1919 and action service in France. Returning to Dallas after the war, he continued making a living through real estate establishing his own company.

Prior to election as mayor, he served the city as a member of the city council and Mayor pro tem. As Mayor pro tem, he assumed the office of mayor upon the unexpected death of Tom Bradford and was subsequently elected for a term as mayor in his own right. He is credited with efforts to secure the construction of the railroad underpass for Elm-Main-Commerce (later known as the "Triple Underpass") and to have Dallas accepted as the location for the Texas Centennial celebration.

Mr. Turner, a 33˚ Mason, was active in the Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Mason, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite, Hella Shrine and Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Gun Club, the Idlewild Club, and was a fellow in the Dallas Historical Society.

Charles Turner died in Dallas, Texas and was interred at the Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas.[1][2]


  1. ^ Texas State Board of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. Charles E. Turner. No. 13710
  2. ^ "Charles E. Turner, former Mayor and Civic Leader, Dies." The Dallas Morning News. March 6, 1936, I-13, II-6.
Preceded by
Tom Bradford
Mayors of Dallas
Succeeded by
George Sergeant