Wooten, Dudley Goodall (1860–1929)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: August 1, 1995

Dudley Goodall Wooten, son of Henrietta (Goodall) and Thomas Dudley Wooten, was born near Springfield, Missouri, on June 19, 1860. The family moved to Paris, Texas, during the Civil War. Wooten attended Princeton, where he received an M.A. in 1875. He then attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1878 from the law department of the University of Virginia, where he won the school's highest awards for writing and debate. He began to practice law in Austin in 1880 and was city attorney from 1884 to 1886. In 1883 he married Ella R. Carter; they became parents of two children. Sometime after the death of his wife in 1886, he remarried. Wooten was instrumental in securing the location of the University of Texas at Austin and delivered an address at the opening of the institution in 1883. In 1889 he moved to Dallas, where he was county judge from 1890 to 1892. In 1899–1900 he represented Dallas County in the House of the Twenty-sixth Legislature. He contributed articles about the South and Mexico to magazines including Scribner's Monthly and Century. In 1897 he was editorial supervisor of Texas Magazine. His two-volume Comprehensive History of Texas, from 1685 to 1897 was published in 1898 and was abridged for school use as A Complete History of Texas in 1899. As a charter member of the Texas State Historical Association Wooten became president of the organization in 1898 and delivered the first annual address on "The Life and Services of O. M. Roberts" (see ROBERTS, ORAN M.). Wooten was elected to the Fifty-seventh United States Congress, served from 1901 to 1903, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902. After serving in Congress he moved to Seattle, Washington, and practiced law. He was appointed to the Washington State Board of Higher Curricula in 1919. He became professor of law at Notre Dame University in 1924. Wooten was a Baptist and a Democrat. He died in Austin on February 7, 1929, and was buried in Seattle, Washington.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Lewis E. Daniell, Types of Successful Men in Texas (Austin: Von Boeckmann, 1890). Mary Beth Fleischer, ed., "Dudley G. Wooten's Comment on Texas Histories and Historians of the Nineteenth Century," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 73 (October 1969).
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Anonymous, “Wooten, Dudley Goodall,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wooten-dudley-goodall.

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August 1, 1995

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