Albert S. Hawkins

Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death 5 Jun 1920 (aged 51–52)
Midland, Midland County, Texas, USA
Burial Midland, Midland County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 156375276 View Source

Who's Who In Arizona Volume 1 1913 Complied and Published by Jo Connors, p. 539-540.

ALBERT S. HAWKINS, attorney at law, a member of the firm of Hawkins & Hawkins [the junior partner is his cousin Lindsay Hawkins, son of W. E Hawkins], of Phoenix, is best known locally through the excellent record as attorney, District Attorney, Member of the House and Senate, which preceded him from Texas, his former home. Mr. Hawkins was born in Fannin County, that state, in 1868. He is the son of Reverend S. J. Hawkins, deceased, of North Texas, and Mrs. E. M. Hawkins, now of Dallas, Texas, and is a nephew of ex-Governor Alvin Hawkins, of Tennessee. His early education was received in the public schools, and he afterwards attended Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. Having been admitted to the practice of law at Gatesville, he followed this profession for about 23 years at Midland and Abilene, and throughout West Texas is well known as an attorney. In 1893 Mr. Hawkins was elected to the House of Representatives to represent Midland and 29 other counties and during the term was author of the law creating the Live Stock Sanitary Commission of Texas, which has been productive of very good results. He was later District Attorney of the 32nd Judicial District. In 1901 he was again elected member of the House of Representatives, and in the same year became known as the author of the School Land Law, which opened up the western part of the state to settlers, thereby furnishing homes to thousands of families and adding millions of dollars to the tax rolls of the state. Mr. Hawkins' political record is a most unique one in that he has never taken advantage of a political position to secure a further grip on public patronage and has always refused to allow his name to be used as candidate to succeed himself. In 1904 he was elected to the State Senate from the Abilene District, and was the author of the law providing for state and county depositories, which keeps the state funds in circulation and each year yields a revenue more than sufficient to pay the expenses of the Treasury Department. He was thereafter spoken of as The Financier of the Senate. Although Mr. Hawkins became an Arizonan just about a year ago, when he took up his residence in Phoenix, he has already become thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the new state. A true Southern Democrat, his interests affiliated with that party here it would seem that his years of experience in legal and legislative work in the State of Texas would prove a boon to Arizona, for he has already, by means of valuable suggestions, been of material aid to her worthy legislators. In 1904, the year in which he was elected Senator, Mr. Hawkins was married to Miss Sallie W. Bell, of Marshall, Texas.

He was married three times, his first wife was Effie Snelson.

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