A city renowned for its historical leaders will honor another next week.
The Texas Historical Commission alongside the Walker County Historical Commission is set to honor the late Texas Senator William Luther Dean in a historical marker dedication on April 13.
Dean was an active participate in Texas politics in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and served as the president pro tempore of the Texas Senate during the 35th legislative session.
Born in 1866 in Madison County, Dean practiced law after graduation from Southwestern University and later formed a law firm in 1892.
Dean began his political career from 1897-1899 in the 25th legislative session of the Texas House of Representatives. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1916 and represented Walker County in the 35th and 36th legislative sessions.
As President Pro Tempore, Dean chaired a rules and procedure committee for the trial of Governor James B. Ferguson and presided over the Governor’s impeachment. In addition to his role in the Ferguson impeachment, Dean wrote and advocated for The Dean Law, which prohibited the production and sale of liquors. That law was ratified in 1919.
Dean received appointments from two governors to the Texas Supreme Court and for Texas Attorney General, all of which he declined.
In 1900 until his death, Dean was a partner in an existing law firm in Huntsville. Dean acted in several different roles after his political career, including President of the Board of Trustees at Southwestern University and the temporary chairman for the Texas Democratic State Convention.
When Dean died in 1933, the Texas Congress passed a resolution in his memory, honoring Dean’s legacy as a prominent lawyer and political figure in Texas.
The historical marker dedication will take place at Dean’s burial site at Oakwood Cemetery in April 13 at 1:30 p.m. Commission members and the public are invited to attend this historic event.