A Guide to the Lanham (Fritz Garland) Papers, 1889-1932
Lawyer and United States representative Frederick Garland (Fritz) Lanham (1880–1965) was born to Sarah Beona (Meng) and Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham in Weatherford, Texas. He graduated from Weatherford College in 1897, attended Vanderbilt University (1897–98), and earned a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1900. In 1901, Lanham became secretary to his father, who was then in the United States House of Representatives. Lanham began studying law at the University of Texas in 1903, was admitted to the state bar in 1909, and established a law practice in Weatherford with Benjamin G. O'Neal. He married Beulah Rowe in 1908 and after her death in 1930 he married Hazel Head in 1931. After working as an assistant county attorney for Tarrant County, Lanham was elected as a Democrat to the U. S. House of Representatives to represent the Twelfth Congressional District. His notable legislative achievements included the National Housing for Defense Act, passed in October 1940, and the Lanham Community Facilities Act, passed in June 1941. After his retirement from Congress in 1947, Lanham remained in Washington to work as a lobbyist for the National Patent Council, the American Fair Trade Council, and the Trinity Improvement Association of Texas.
Source: Landis, Lawrence A. “Lanham, Frederick Garland.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 22, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fla33.
Correspondence, photographs, financial papers, and printed material comprise the Fritz G. Lanham Papers, 1889-1932, documenting Lanham’s political career and familial affairs. Family correspondence includes letters written to Hazel Lanham from Fritz Lanham (1931-1932). Photographs chronicle Lanham and his family (1891-1919). Financial papers include account ledgers and other documents related to Lanham’s law practice. The collection also includes Lanham’s law license (1909), marriage agreement (1908), along with Lanham’s speeches and postcards from across the United States.
This collection is open for research use.
Fritz Garland Lanham Papers, 1889-1932, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, August 2011.
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