J. Waddy Tate

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J. Waddy Tate
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by R. E. Burt
Succeeded by Tom Bradford
Personal details
Born (1870-02-21)February 21, 1870
Columbus, Colorado County, Texas
Died January 11, 1938(1938-01-11) (aged 67)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas
Nationality  USA
Spouse(s) Blanche Kennedy
Occupation Railroad

J. Waddy Tate (February 21, 1870 – January 11, 1938) was the mayor of Dallas, Texas from 1929 to 1931.


John Waddy Tate was born February 21, 1870 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas to Phocian Tate and Bettie Branch Carter. His father died when he was young and his mother moved the family to Houston, Texas. He married Blanche Kennedy on 28 May 1901 in Laredo, Webb County, Texas.[1]

As a young man, he worked as a printer and in a sawmill. He joined the Cotton Belt Line in Houston and later the Chicago Great Western Line in Dallas. He retired from the railroad lines in 1919, but by 1920 he was in the oil drilling business. [2]

In a brief obituary note, Time noted: "In the 1927 mayoralty campaign, Tate wore blue overalls, carried a fishing rod, lost; but two years later he spent only $218 campaigning, bought frankfurters for 10,000 voters, won hands down." [1]

He died January 11, 1938 in Dallas, Texas and was interred in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas.


  1. ^ "Hot Dog Mayor Dies; Services To Be Thursday." The Dallas Morning News. January 30, 1938, I-11
  2. ^ 1920 Dallas County, Texas census. E.D. 4, Sheet 12 NARA Publication T625, Roll 1793, Page 12A
Preceded by
R. E. Burt
Mayors of Dallas
Succeeded by
Tom Bradford