James Andrew Beall
|James Andrew Beall|
|United States Congressman
Texas 5th Congressional District
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1915
|Preceded by||Choice B. Randell|
|Succeeded by||Hatton W. Sumners|
Texas Senate, District 10
|Preceded by||Astyanax M. Douglass|
|Succeeded by||Daniel W. Odell|
|Member Texas House of Representatives
Districts 37 and 68
October 25, 1866|
Ellis County, Texas
|Died||February 11, 1929
|Resting place||Oakland Cemetery
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
Beall was born on a farm near Midlothian, Texas to Richard Beall and Adelaide Pierce Beall. He attended the county schools and then taught school in 1884 and 1885. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Texas at Austin, in 1890, and was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Waxahachie, Texas.
Beall was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, 1892–1895. He served in the Texas Senate, 1895–1899, and was elected as a Democrat to the 58th Congress, and to the five succeeding Congresses, March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1915. In Congress, he was chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (62nd Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1914.
Along with members of the southern delegation to Congress, Beall was opposed to William Jennings Bryan on the latter's 1909 support of Prohibition, citing the Texas preference of handling the matter on local levels.
On July 4, 1911, Congressman Beall spoke before a crowd of 1,500 at Meriden, Connecticut for that city's Independence Day celebration. The crowd found him "charming" and "eloquent" as he spoke of the nation's history, his faith in God, and of the heroes of the old South.
After leaving Congress, Beall moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1914, and became a law partner with M.D. Templeton and Tony B. Williams. In 1923, he became a senior law partner of Beall, Watson, Rollins, Burford and Ryburn.
Beall became president of the Dallas Union Trust Company in 1927.
Personal life and death
In 1898, he married Patricia Martin of Waxahachie. The couple had one child, Jack Beall (December 6, 1898 – January 11, 1963).
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Choice B. Randell
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th congressional district
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1915
Hatton W. Sumners