Chester H. Terrell

Chester H. Terrell
Chester H. Terrell, Courtesy of the State Preservation Board, Austin, Texas. CHA 1994.35.31. Photographer: Eric Beggs, 8/3/1997, Pre Conservation

Chester Terrell, born on December 2, 1882, was elected to the 31st Texas Legislature at the age of 26. Four years later, he became the youngest man to win election as the Speaker of the House at age 30. Overall, he spent three consecutive terms in the Legislature. Although he drafted some pioneering, albeit unsuccessful, legislation, Chester Terrell was known more as a perfecter of bills rather than an author of legislation. He declared to run for the GovernorĀ“s seat in 1915, but was forced to withdraw due to illness. He died on September 13, 1920, and was buried at Mission Burial Park in San Antonio.

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