WORTHAM, WILLIAM BARTO
WORTHAM, WILLIAM BARTO (1853–1925). William B. Wortham, state treasurer, son of Adeline (Ashcroft) and William A. Wortham, was born in Jefferson, Texas, on August 18, 1853. On December 13, 1876, he married Ina Eldridge of Independence. They were parents of three children. Wortham was in business in Sulphur Springs before 1887, when he became an assistant bookkeeper in the office of the state treasurer. He was elected state treasurer in 1890 and served until January 1899. He was instrumental in planning the Austin Dam Railway, and when the project failed he made good the loss to the stockholders. In 1917, with establishment of the oil and gas division of the Railroad Commission, he became chairman. He was an executive of several Austin banks and a thirty-second-degree Mason, active in Scottish Rite work. He was killed in Austin in an automobile accident on January 3, 1925, and buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
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