Eugene Worley

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Not to be confused with the Pennsylvania politician Francis Worley.

Francis Eugene Worley (October 10, 1908 – December 17, 1974) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.


Born in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, Worley moved to Shamrock, Texas, in 1922. He attended public schools, the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College at College Station in 1927 and 1928, and the law school of the University of Texas at Austin 1930–1935.

He was admitted to the bar in 1935 and commenced practice in Shamrock. He served as member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1935 to 1940, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.

He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy from December 1941 to August 1942, while a Member of Congress.

Worley was elected as a Democrat to the 77th Congress. He was reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1941, until his resignation April 3, 1950.

In the 1948 general election, Worley handily defeated the Republican Party (GOP) nominee, Texas historian and rancher J. Evetts Haley, who ran for governor as a Democrat in 1956 and then returned to the GOP to support Barry M. Goldwater in 1964.

He served as chairman of the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (78th Congress). He was appointed an associate judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Washington, D.C., and served from April 4, 1950, to May 4, 1959. He was appointed chief judge May 4, 1959. Worley resided in Arlington, Virginia, until his death in Naples, Florida. He was cremated, with his ashes interred at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Marvin Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ben H. Guill