Morgan Gurley Sanders
(1878-1956)

Died aged c. 78

Morgan Gurley Sanders (July 14, 1878 – January 7, 1956) was a U.S. Representative from Texas. Born near Ben Wheeler, Texas, Sanders attended the public schools.He graduated from Alamo Institute and taught school for three years.He owned and published a weekly newspaper.He studied law at the University of Texas at Austin.He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Canton, Texas.He served as member of the State house of representatives 1902-1906.He served as prosecuting attorney of Van Zandt County 1910-1914.He served as district attorney of the seventh judicial district of Texas in 1915 and 1916.Voluntarily retired and resumed the practice of law in Canton, Texas.He served as delegate to many Democratic State conventions. Sanders was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – January 3, 1939). He was interred in Hillcrest Cemetery, Canton, Texas.

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Morgan G. Sanders. Legislator Morgan Gurley Sanders was born near Ben Wheeler. He published newspapers, worked as journal clerk of the state senate and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas before winning a seat in the state legislature. His public service as a democratic politician included terms as a state legislator (1903-07), Van Zandt County attorney (1911-15), district attorney (1915-17) and U.S. Congressman (1921-39); he also continued to practice law. In 1931, Speaker of the House John Nance Garner appointed Sanders to his previous position on the powerful ways and means committee. Sanders lost his seat in a 1938 election. Twice widowed and married three times, he remained active in Van Zandt County until his death. #16591

5300 FM 858, Ben Wheeler, TX, United States where it was born near (1878)