Joe E. Lawther

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Joseph "Joe" Earl Lawther
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Henry D. Lindsley
Succeeded by Frank W. Wozencraft
Personal details
Born (1876-02-11)February 11, 1876
Galveston, Texas
Died April 24, 1943(1943-04-24) (aged 67)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Irma Bernice Enlow, Anna Florence Walden
Children Margaret Lawther, Lynn Vernon Lawther, Jo Ann Lawther
Religion Presbyterian

Joseph "Joe" Earl Lawther (February 11, 1876 – April 24, 1943), banker, was mayor of Dallas in 1917–1919.


Joe E. Lawther was born February 11, 1876 in Galveston, Texas to Robert Ralston Lawther and Ellen E. Hoopes. He married Irma Bernice Enlow, daughter of James H. Enlow and Harriett Campbell, on October 22, 1895 in Dallas, Texas. They had two children: Margaret and Lynn V. After the death of his first wife in 1924, he married Anna Florence Walden, daughter of Charles Joe Walden and Eola Betty Tedford on June 8, 1925 in Jackson County, Missouri. They had one child: Jo Ann.

He entered the business world in the grain business, Lawther & Son, the firm of his father. He became president of Liberty State Bank and was responsible for its growth. He also served as president of Guardian Federal Savings & Loan Association. He assisted the Dallas Athletic Club to increase membership and decrease indebtedness. He was recognized for the improvement of White Rock Lake when a road around it was named for him.[1]

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Dallas Historical Society, and the Dallas Athletic Club.

On April 24, 1943, Joe Lawther died at Dallas, Texas. He was interred at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.[1] [2]


  1. ^ a b "Joe Lawther, Ex-Mayor, Banker Dies." The Dallas Morning News. April 25, 1943, II-1.
  2. ^ Texas State Department of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. Joe E. Lawther No.16719