- Get Involved
SEAGLER, RICHARD ERNEST
SEAGLER, RICHARD ERNEST (1883–1956). Richard Ernest Seagler, attorney and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, was born at Tennessee Colony in Anderson County, Texas, on December 3, 1883. In 1908 he graduated from North Texas State Normal College (now the University of North Texas) at Denton and in 1912 received a law degree from the University of Texas. After passing the bar exam, he practiced as a trial attorney in Palestine. He was elected to the Thirty-sixth House of Representatives in 1918 and was reelected twice. He served as speaker of the Thirty-eighth and, briefly, the Forty-fourth House. In his term of office Seagler was active in developing judicial procedures, as a member of the criminal jurisprudence committee, and as vice chairman of the rules committee. In 1924 he resigned to serve as assistant attorney general and to join a San Antonio law firm. In 1925 he joined the legal department of Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon Company, U.S.A.), where he became head of the trial division in 1929 and general attorney in 1938. He retired in 1948 to establish his own practice in Houston. Seagler had three children. He died on January 6, 1956.
Houston Post, January 7, 1956. Henrietta M. Larson and Kenneth Wiggins Porter, History of Humble Oil and Refining Company (New York: Harper, 1959). Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1982 (Austin: Texas Legislative Council, 1982).
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, "SEAGLER, RICHARD ERNEST," accessed June 25, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fse18.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on November 29, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.