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Sawnie R. Aldredge
Mayor of Dallas, Texas

In office
Preceded by Frank W. Wozencraft
Succeeded by Louis Blaylock
Personal details
Born (1890-05-13)May 13, 1890
Dallas winning
Died May 13, 1949 (1949 -05-13) (aged 59)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Hillcrest Mausoleum, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen Batts
Children Sawnie R. Aldredge, Jr., Mary Lynn Aldredge
Alma mater Cornell University, University of Texas Law School
Occupation Attorney
Religion Methodist
Military service
Service/branch U. S. Army
Years of service World War I, 1917–1919
Rank 2d Lieutenant
Unit Signal Corps

Sawnie Robertson Aldredge (November 13, 1890 – May 13, 1949), attorney and judge, was mayor of Dallas from 1921 to 1923.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Aldredge was born November 13, 1890 in Dallas, Texas to Judge George Nathan Aldredge and Betty Warren Hearne. He married Mary Ellen Batts, daughter of Judge Robert Lynn Batts and Harriet Fiquet Boak on January 14, 1915 in Austin, Texas. They had two children: Sawnie R. Aldredge, Jr. and Mary Lynn Aldredge.

He attended Southwestern University, Cornell University and University of Texas School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1914. He was associated with Thompson, Knight, Baker & Harris; Allen & Flanary which eventually became Aldredge, Shults & Madden. During the first World War, he was stationed at Kelly Field, Texas and St. Maixent Field, France.[1][2]

He ran for mayor with the support of the Citizens' Association, defeating William E. Talbot, nominee of the Democratic party and the Independent Voters' League.[3] Trinity Heights was annexed to the city of Dallas during his administration. This was the largest single addition to the city since Oak Cliff was annexed in 1904.[4] He sought to annex Highland Park to the city and to establish a municipal golf course. He did not run for a second term.[5]

Sawnie R. Aldredge died May 13, 1949 in Dallas, Texas and was interred at Hillcrest Mausoleum, Dallas, Texas.[1][6][7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 . The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 38. New York: James T. White & Co., 1953, p. 359
  2. History of Texas World War Heroes. Dallas, Tex. : Army & Navy History Co. 1919, p.325
  3. "Aldredge Elected Mayor of Dallas." The Dallas Morning News. April 6, 1921. p. 1
  4. "Trinity Heights is Annexed to the City of Dallas." The Dallas Morning News. April 13, 1923, p. 13
  5. "Mayor Has Plan for Municipal Golf Course." The Dallas Morning News. March 3, 1922, p. 10
  6. Texas State Board of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. No. 22242
  7. "Sawnie R. Aldredge Former Mayor, Dies." The Dallas Morning News. May 14, 1949, p. 1

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