J. R. Temple

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James Roland "Jimmie" Temple
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Woodall Rodgers
Succeeded by Wallace H. Savage
Personal details
Born (1899-11-27)November 27, 1899
Midlothian, Ellis, Texas
Died November 16, 1980(1980-11-16) (aged 80)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Jessebelle Barry
Occupation dairy business

James Roland "Jimmie" Temple (November 27, 1899 – November 16, 1980), dairyman, was mayor of Dallas in 1947–1949.


James Roland Temple was born in November 27, 1899 in Midlothian, Ellis, Texas to Walter Calvin Temple and Angelina Elizabeth Pearson. He married Jessebelle Barry, granddaughter of Bryan T. Barry, a previous Dallas mayor, on June 11, 1923 in Dallas. They had three children: Joan Elizabeth, James Barry and Walter C.

He served for a year in the U.S. Army during World War I and then attended the University of Texas for two years before quitting to pursue family and career. He was first employed with an automobile distributor and later worked for Ford Motor Company. He spend six years with Southland Ice Company (the parent company of 7-Eleven) and vice-president and president of Oak Farms Ltd.[1] He was elected as mayor with the support of the Citizens Charter Association, an organization instrumental in establishing the manager-council form of city government.

He was a 33˚ Mason and a member of the Hella Temple Shrine. He was active in the community giving service through the Dallas Sales Executive Club, the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Oak Cliff Lions Club,[2]

James Roland Temple died November 16, 1980 in Dallas, Texas and was interred at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Next Mayor Energetic." The Dallas Morning News. April 20, 1947, p. 1
  2. ^ a b "Ex-mayor Temple dies."The Dallas Morning News, November 17, 1980, 4D
  3. ^ Social Security Death Index.