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GILLESPIE, OSCAR WILLIAM (1858–1927). Oscar William Gillespie, congressman, son of T. J. and Mary (McGowan) Gillespie, was born near Quitman, Mississippi, on June 20, 1858. He graduated from Mansfield College, Mansfield, Texas, in 1885, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1886, and began practice in Fort Worth. He was elected assistant attorney of Tarrant County and served from 1886 to 1888; he was prosecuting attorney from 1890 to 1894. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and three succeeding congresses. He lost the Democratic primary for renomination in 1910. Gillespie married Ada Kate Hodges in 1884; they had five children. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic lodges. He died in Fort Worth on August 23, 1927, and was buried in the Mansfield Cemetery.


Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald, ed., Texans and Their State: A Newspaper Reference Work (2 vols., Houston: Texas Biographical Association, 1918). Biographical Directory of the American Congress.


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