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WORTHAM, LOUIS J. (1858?–1927). Louis J. Wortham, legislator and journalist, was born probably in November 1858. From 1909 to 1915 he represented Tarrant County in the House of the Texas Legislature. A son of the editor of the Sulphur Springs Gazette, he also became a newspaper man, worked on various Texas journals, and for a time edited Current Issue, a weekly journal of comment in Austin. Wortham was one of the founders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,qv and served as editor of that paper until 1923. His five-volume History of Texas from Wilderness to Commonwealth was published in 1924. Wortham was married to Fru Becton in 1880; they were parents of two children. After her death in 1922, he married Ollie Wilson. Wortham died at his home in Greenville on September 10, 1927.


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 11, 1927. Texas Legislative Council, Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1980 (Austin, 1980?).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"WORTHAM, LOUIS J.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.