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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Benjamin Grady Oneal Papers, 1905-1961



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Oneal, Benjamin Grady, 1874-1960
Title: Oneal, Benjamin Grady, Papers
Dates: 1905-1961
Abstract: Correspondence, a speech, and a resolution compose the Benjamin Grady Oneal Papers, 1905-1961, documenting his life and work as an attorney and state senator.
Accession No.: 61-32; 61-37; 71-32
Extent: 1 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Grenada, Mississippi, lawyer, legislator, and historical preservationist Benjamin Grady Oneal (1874-1960) moved to Breckenridge, Texas, with his parents at the age of four. He attended the University of Texas; Peabody Normal College in Nashville, Tennessee; and the University of Texas Law School, from which he graduated in 1906. Oneal and his wife Cora Maud (Norton) taught school in Weatherford, Texas, before Oneal began a law practice with Frederick G. “Fritz” Lanham. In 1916, the couple moved to Wichita Falls, where Oneal continued to practice law and was elected to the State Senate in 1930. Serving from 1931 to 1936, he supported larger appropriations for public schools and wildlife conservation and secured passage of the Oneal Amendment No. 1 to the Texas Centennial Bill of 1935, which provided for historical markers, preservation of historic buildings, and monuments to early Texas patriots. Oneal was also active in the preservation and restoration of Fort Belknap.

Source:

Lentz, Lamar. “Oneal, Benjamin Grady.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 17, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a speech, and a resolution compose the Benjamin Grady Oneal Papers, 1905-1961, documenting his life and work as an attorney and state senator. Correspondence concerns Oneal’s business and personal interests, including his activities as an attorney with the firms of Lanham and Oneal (1906) and Martin and Oneal (1916), chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Parker County, referee in bankruptcy for the Wichita Falls Division of the U.S. District Court for Northern Texas (1921), Texas state senator (1930-1938), a member of the Texas State Board of Education (1939-1945), and a promoter of Texas game and fish conservation (1910-1937). Additionally, the collection contains a speech by Oneal on the restoration of Fort Belknap and a 1961 Senate resolution passed in his memory.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Oneal, Benjamin Grady, 1874-1960 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Lanham and Oneal
Martin and Oneal
Texas. Legislature. Senate -- History -- 20th century
Texas. State Board of Education -- History -- 20th century
United States. District Court (Texas : Northern District) -- History -- 20th century
Subjects
Legislators -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Wildlife conservation -- History -- 20th century
Places
Fort Belknap (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Parker County (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Parker County (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Wichita Falls (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Grady Oneal Papers, 1905-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2N195 Correspondence:
1905-1915
1924-1927
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2N196 1928-1929
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2N197 1930-1932
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2N198 1932-1941
Speech by Senator Oneal, "A Brief Story of the Restoration of Fort Belknap," ca. 1934
Texas Senate Resolution No. 148 in memory of Senator Benjamin G. Oneal, 1961

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