Dudley G. Wooten

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Dudley Goodall Wooten
United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District
In office
July 13, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byRobert Emmet Burke
Succeeded byScott Field
Texas House of Representatives
73rd District[1]
In office
County Judge
Dallas County
In office
City Attorney
Austin, Texas
In office
Personal details
Born(1860-06-19)June 19, 1860
DiedFebruary 7, 1929(1929-02-07) (aged 68)
Austin, Texas
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery
Seattle, WA
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materPrinceton University

Johns Hopkins University University of Virginia


Dudley Goodall Wooten (June 19, 1860 – February 7, 1929) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Early years[edit]

Born near Springfield, Missouri, Wooten moved in infancy with his parents to Texas during the Civil War.


He attended private schools in Paris, Texas, and graduated from Princeton University in 1875. He attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he won the school's highest awards for writing and debate and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.[2][3][4]


He was admitted to the bar in 1880 and practiced in Austin, Texas. He served as prosecuting attorney of Austin 1884–1886. He moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1888. He served as judge of the Dallas County district court 1890–1892. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1898 and 1899. As a member of the Texas legislature, Wooten served as delegate to the National Antitrust Conference at Chicago in 1899.[5][6] He served as member of the executive council of the National Civic Federation in 1900. He served as delegate to the National Tax Conference at Buffalo in 1901. Congressman Wooten traveled to Alaska in 1902 to make a Congressional study of the needs of the territory.[7]

Wooten was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert Emmet Burke and served from July 13, 1901, to March 3, 1903. In 1902 Wooten lost in his attempt to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for the house seat.

Later years[edit]

After leaving the house, Wooten resumed his law practice in Seattle, Washington. He served as special judge of the superior court at various times. He served as delegate to the National Rivers and Harbors Congress in 1912. He served as delegate to the National Conservation Congress in 1913. He was appointed a member of the State board of higher curricula by the Governor in 1919.[3]

Wooten worked as a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana from 1924 to 1928. He died, while on a visit, in Austin, Texas, on February 7, 1929. He was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, Washington,[8] next to his first wife Ellen Carter Wooten.[9]

Fraternal memberships[edit]


  • Wooten, Dudley Goodall (1920). A noble Ursuline: Mother Mary Amadeus. The Paulist Press. ASIN: B00089VZVG.
  • Wooten, Dudley Goodall (reprint 1987, orig 1898). A Comprehensive History of Texas: 1685–1845 : 1845–1897 (The Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas history reprint series). Texas State Historical Assn. ISBN 978-0-87611-082-9. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  • Wooten, Dudley Goodall (reprint 2010, orig. 1899). A Complete History of Texas for Schools, Colleges and General Use. General Books LLC. ISBN 978-1-153-36840-7. Check date values in: |year= (help)


  1. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4.
  2. ^ The alumni bulletin, Volume 7. University of Virginia. 1907. p. 298.
  3. ^ a b Dudley Goodall Wooten from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 27 June 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  4. ^ a b Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Dudley Goodall Wooten-The Political Graveyard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
  5. ^ "For and Against Trusts". The Weekly Argus News. 16 September 1899.
  6. ^ Head, Franklin Harvey, ed. (2010). Speeches, Debates, Resolutions, List of the Delegates, Committees, Etc., Held September 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 1899. General Books LLC. pp. 42–64. ISBN 978-1-150-89965-2.
  7. ^ "Congressman from Texas". The Yukon Sun. 31 July 1902.
  8. ^ "Dudley Goodall Wooten final resting place". Find A Grave. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Ellen Carter Wooten final resting place". Find A Grave. Retrieved 28 June 2010.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Emmet Burke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Scott Field

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.