John W. Lane

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John William Lane
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by John M. Crockett
Succeeded by George W. Guess
Personal details
Born (1835-02-22)February 22, 1835
Died September 16, 1888 (1888 -09-16) (aged 53)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Crutchfield, L. Emma Thompson Hughes
Children Clarence C. Lane
Occupation Printer
Military service
Allegiance CSA
Service/branch Browder's Company, 18th Regt, Texas Volunteers
Years of service 1862–1863
Rank Private

John William Lane (February 22, 1835 – September 16, 1888) was a printer, state legislator, state senator, and mayor of Dallas, Texas.


John W.Lane was born in Kentucky to Thomas H. and Elizabeth B. (Edwards) Lane. The family moved to Texas in 1849, settling in Fannin County. John Lane moved to Dallas in 1857.[1] There, he married Betty Crutchfield, daughter of Thomas F. and Frances M. Crutchfield on January 5, 1860.[2] Crutchfield died in January 1866. Lane married a second time to L. Emma Thompson Hughes of San Marcos, Texas, on January  8, 1868. The two had one son, Clarence C. Lane.

Lane was a printer by trade and was involved in publishing the Dallas Herald with his brother-in-law, John Swindell.[3][4] During the Civil War, Lane enlisted as a 1st Sergeant in Browder's Company, 18th Regiment, Texas Volunteers. Additionally, Lane was a member of the Tannehill Lodge No. 52, A. F. and A. M., and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).

Lane's political career began after being appointed mayor of Dallas in 1866. He held this position for a brief time before resigning later that same year.[5] As a state legislator, Lane is noted for ensuring that the Texas and Pacific Railroad route was laid through Dallas by adding a rider to an 1871 bill. This rider required that the railroad be laid within a mile of Browder Springs.[6]


  1. ^ 1867 Texas Voter's List
  2. ^ Dallas County, Texas Marriage Index. Aug 1846 - Oct 1963 (microfilm)
  3. ^ "1860 Census, Dallas County, Texas, page 313
  4. ^ "1880 Census, Dallas County, Texas, page 21
  5. ^ WPA Dallas Guide and History. Written and compiled from 1936 to 1942 by the workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the City of Dallas. Maxine Holmes and Gerald D. Saxon (editors). Reprint of 1940 edition. Dallas Public Library, Texas Center for the Book University of North Texas Press, 1992, p.63
  6. ^ Michael V. Hazel, "OLD CITY PARK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2010.