While our physical offices are closed until further notice in accordance with Austin's COVID-19 "stay home-work safe" order, the Handbook of Texas will remain available at no-cost for you, your fellow history enthusiasts, and all Texas students currently mandated to study from home. If you have the capacity to help us maintain our online Texas history resources during these uncertain times, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you for your support of TSHA and Texas history. Donate Today »


Diana J. Kleiner

DIELMANN, HENRY B., SR. (1892–1970). Henry B. Dielmann, Sr., the son of John C. Dielmann, was born in San Antonio in 1892. He attended St. Joseph's College and received a B.A. in German before entering Georgetown University in 1913. There he received an LL.B. degree in 1918. He was admitted to the bar and subsequently worked for the Law Library of Congress, the Law Library of the United States Supreme Court, and the Department of Labor. He returned to San Antonio in 1919, practiced law, and in 1923 formed a partnership with J. T. Gittinger, later Dielmann and Forster. Dielmann served as a member of the Texas State House of Representatives for three terms and was San Antonio assistant city attorney. He was the founder and first dean of St. Mary's University Law School, a member of the first board of directors of the Witte Museum in 1926, a director of the San Antonio Symphony Society, president of the Chamber Music Society and San Antonio Historical Association, and trustee of Our Lady of the Lake College. He was a member of the Beethoven Männerchor (see GERMAN MUSIC), St. Joseph's Society, the Order of Sons of Hermann, Siemering Lodge No. 32, and the San Antonio Bar Association. Dielmann married Betty Trester on June 26, 1919, and Edna Smith sometime later. He had four children. He was Catholic. He died in San Antonio on April 20, 1970, and was interred at the St. Joseph's Society Cemetery.

Horace Evans, Bench and Bar (Austin, 1937). San Antonio News, April 22, 1970.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, "DIELMANN, HENRY B., SR.," accessed May 26, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdi26.

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...