Thomas Terry CONNALLY

Thomas Terry CONNALLY2,1,3,8,4,9,5,7,10,8

19th Aug 18771,2,3,4,5 - 28th Oct 19631,4,5,7

Life History

19th Aug 1877

Born in Hewitt, McLennan, Texas.1,2,3,4,5

16th Nov 1904

Married Louise CLARKSON in Marlin, Falls, Texas.6,4,9

28th Dec 1909

Birth of son Ben C CONNALLY in Falls County, Texas.3,11,12


Death of Louise CLARKSON in Falls County, Texas.13,4

Apr 1942

Married Lucile SANDERSON in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.7,10

28th Oct 1963

Died in Washington, DC.1,4,5,7

30th Oct 1963

Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas.6,4,5


  • Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965
    Louise Clarkson
    Marriage 16 Nov 1904 Falls, Texas
    Spouse Tom T Connally

    I remember my grandmother, Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins, telling me when I was a little boy about her first cousin who was a US Senator from Texas.

    The following entry occurs in the Political Graveyard:
    Thomas Terry Connally (1877-1963) ? also known as Tom T. Connally ? of Marlin, Falls County, Tex. Born near Hewitt, McLennan County, Tex., August 19, 1877. Son of Jones Connally and Mary E. (Terry) Connally; married, November 16, 1904, to Louise Clarkson (died 1935) and Lucile (Sanderson) Sheppard; step-grandfather of Connie Mack III. Democrat.

    Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1901-04; U.S. Representative from Texas 11th District, 1917-29; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1920, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948; U.S. Senator from Texas, 1929-53. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Died in Washington, D.C., October 28, 1963. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Tex.

    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    SAR Membership 42504

    p 1
    Thomas Terry Connally, age 48
    Birth 19 Aug 1877 near Waco, McLennan, Texas
    Residence Washington, DC and Marlin, Texas
    (Application Date from Cover Page 27 Nov 1925)
    Decendant of Thomas Connally, born in Virginia about 1750, died in Gwinnett County, Georgia, age 82 years
    Son of Jones Connally, born 9/17/1835, died Feb 1903 and Mary Ellen Terry, b 8/8/1844, married 10/27/1867, living
    Grandson of Thomas Connally, b 4/4/1805, d Jan 1878 and Mary Jones, b 11/22/1806, d 2/20/1870, m 1824
    Great-grandson of Nathaniel Connally, b abt 1780. and Elizabeth Nailer, dates unknown
    Great-great-grandson of Thomas Connally (Connolly), b abt 1750, d abt 1835, and Polly Price, born Norfolk, d in Go (Georgia?)
    Ggg-grandson of George Connally of Virginia and Miss Oldham, no dates known
    Thomas Connally (#4) was Recruiting Officer for the Continental Army

    This view also includes a letter regarding his ancestor's service record

    Ancestor's service record (Thomas Connally, born in Virginia about 1750, died in Gwinnett County, Georgia, age 82 years)

    Recruiting officer and ardent patriot
    Virginian, married in Norfolk; later moved to Orange County, North Carolina
    Donated 100 acres of land to the University of North Carolina in Nov 1792
    Emigrated to Georgia
    Married Mary (Polly) Price of Norfolk
    Died at age 82

    Sister of applicant Thomas Terry Connaly, Amanda Connally Smith, was accepted as amember of the Daughters of the American Republic in 1917
    Handwritten note:  "Private Virginia Militia, See report of Virginia State Library, page 109."

    p 3
    Applicant's Wife Louise Clarkson
    Son of Tom and Louise:
    Ben Connally, b 28 Dec 1909, Residence Cathedral Mansions, South Washington, DC

    Photo of Applicant, Senator Tom Connally

    Affidavit of James C Connally:
    Heard sister say that their great uncle Abner Connally, born in 1777 and died at age 81 years, who was a son of Thomas Connally and Polly Price, said that his father Thomas Connally was a recruiting officer in the Revolutionary Army with rank of Captain
    Thomas Connally lived in Virginia and moved to North Carolina.
    Application Notarized

    New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964
    Lucile Sanderson
    Thomas Terry Connally
    Marriage Apr 1942 New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    Genealogist Johnny Williams has gathered the following documents with information about Thomas Terry Connally and his family.


    CONNALLY, THOMAS TERRY (1877-1963).

    Tom Connally, United States senator, was born on a farm in McLennan County, Texas, on August 19, 1877, to Jones and Mary Ellen (Terry) Connally. Jones Connally was a Confederate veteran. Tom, the only surviving son of the couple, took a law degree from the University of Texas in 1898 and was elected to the state House of Representatives unopposed in 1900 and 1902. He was a progressive in his opposition to monopolies and to the powerful Senator Joseph Weldon Bailey. Connally declined to run for a third term.

    He practiced law for several years in Marlin and married a local belle, Louise Clarkson, in 1904. He was Falls County prosecuting attorney from 1906 to 1910 and was in and out of local politics for the next decade, while building up a prosperous law practice and establishing himself in the Methodist Church and several fraternal orders.

    In 1916 Connally ran for the vacant Eleventh District seat in the United States Congress, a jurisdiction centered in Waco. After defeating two opponents without a runoff, he was elected and placed on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He became something of a foreign-policy spokesman for the Democrats in the 1920s, urging the Republican administrators to settle their differences with Mexico and to cease invading Caribbean republics. In 1928 Connally ran against United States Senator Earle B. Mayfield, a Klansman who had been elected during the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan . Connally successfully urged voters to "turn out the bedsheet-and-mask candidate" and in his first term fought President Herbert Hoover's efforts to raise the tariff, levy a national sales tax, and aid business and mortgage holders at the expense of consumers and homeowners.

    During Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term as president, Connally was a stalwart New Dealer, seldom differing with the administration. Like any senator he looked after the largest interest groups in his state, writing relief bills for cattle ranchers, cotton farmers, and oilmen. The most far-reaching solutions were devised for the oil industry, which was facing a glut. Prostrate in the early 1930s, the major oil companies and leading independent operators were demanding state and federal aid. The Connally Hot Oil Act of 1935 effectively outlawed the interstate shipment of oil produced in violation of the new state quotas and was fiercely resisted by many independent drillers and processors.

    Connally first parted significantly from Roosevelt when the senator opposed the president's attempt to change the United States Supreme Court, the court-packing plan of 1937. The measure failed in the Senate. Also in 1937 Connally led the filibuster against the antilynching bill and fought diligently for the southern differential in the wage and hour law.  Connally was a traditional southern internationalist who resisted the isolationist tide and the neutrality acts of the middle and late 1930s. He led the Senate battle for the arms-embargo repeal in 1939 (the Cash and Carry Act) and for the Lend Lease Act of 1941.

    As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1941 to 1947, he was one of the handful of Americans who devised the United Nations and its charter. Together with Arthur Vandenburg, he helped to determine bipartisan foreign policy during Harry Truman's administration, including the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He served another stretch as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1949 to 1953.

    During the war years Connally and his fellow Texas senator, W. Lee O'Daniel , supported the Republican-Southern Democratic coalition more often than any other southern duo. In 1942 Connally led the ten-day filibuster against the repeal of the poll tax. The Smith-Connally Act of 1943 extended the power of the president to seize strike-bound war plants, a measure that Connally believed helped the war effort.

    In his years of prominence in the 1930s and 1940s Connally was the best showman in the Senate. A contemporary politician, describing the 200-pound, whitehaired Connally, decreed him to be "the only man in the United States Senate who could wear a Roman Toga and not look like a fat man in a nightgown." By the early 1950s, however, Connally had lost some of his effectiveness. Moreover, his notions of party loyalty were distasteful to the powerful tidelands oil lobby. The lobby wanted a strong leader who would support whichever 1952 presidential nominee embraced state ownership of offshore oil lands (see TIDELANDS CONTROVERSY ).

    After they found their candidate in state attorney general M. Price Daniel, Sr., whose speeches effectively linked Connally with the unpopular Truman administration, Connally retired.  Connally and his first wife had one son, Ben C. Connally.  Mrs. Connally died in 1935. In 1942 the senator married Lucile (Sanderson) Sheppard, the widow of Senator Morris Sheppard. Connally died on October 28, 1963.
    --  BIBLIOGRAPHY: Tom Connally and Alfred Steinberg, My Name Is Tom Connally (New York: Crowell, 1954).

    Dictionary of American Biography. George N. Green, The Establishment in Texas Politics (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 1979).
    George N. Green Recommended citation:  "CONNALLY, THOMAS TERRY." The Handbook of Texas Online.


    CONNALLY, Thomas Terry (Tom), 1877-1963
    Senate Years of Service: 1929-1953 Party: Democrat

    Library of Congress

    CONNALLY, Thomas Terry (Tom), (step-grandfather of Connie Mack III), a Representative and a Senator from Texas; born near Hewitt, McLennan County, Tex., August 19, 1877; attended the public schools; was graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Tex., in 1896 and from the law department of the University of Texas at Austin in 1898; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in Waco, Tex.; moved to Marlin, Falls County, Tex., in 1899 and continued the practice of law; served as sergeant major in the Second Regiment,

    Texas Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War; member, State house of representatives 1901-1904; prosecuting attorney of Falls County, Tex., 1906-1910; during the First World War became captain and adjutant of the Twenty-second Infantry Brigade, Eleventh Division, United States Army, in 1918;
    permanent chairman of Texas Democratic State convention in 1938; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1929);
    did not seek renomination in 1928, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1928; reelected in 1934, 1940, and again in 1946 and served from March 4, 1929, to January 3, 1953, was not a candidate for renomination in 1952;
    chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Seventy-third through Seventy-seventh Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (Seventy-seventh through Seventy-ninth and Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses);
    member and vice chairman of the United States delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization at San Francisco in 1945;
    representative of the United States to the first session of the General Assembly of the United Nations at London and to the second session at New York in 1946;
    engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died on October 28, 1963; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Tex.

    American National Biography; DAB;
    Connally, Thomas T. My Name is Tom Connally. New York: Thomas T. Crowell Company, 1954;
    Smyrl, Frank. Tom Connally and the New Deal. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oklahoma, 1968.

    1900 Census Falls Co., TX Page , Precinct # , ED 16 - Sh 9
    < Thomas Terry (Tom) Connally s/o Jones & Mary Ellen Terry Connally >
    Conley, Thomas T. Aug 1877 TX

    1910 Census Falls Co., TX Page , ED 47 - Sh 97,
    < Thomas Terry (Tom) Connally s/o Jones & Mary Ellen Terry Connally >
    Connally, Tom 32 TX
    Connally, Louise 29 ? (wife)
    Connally, Ben 4m ? (son)

    1920 Census Falls Co., TX Page , Marlin Township, ED 69
    < Thomas Terry (Tom) Connally s/o Jones & Mary Ellen Terry Connally >
    Connally, Tom 42 TX GA KY Owns Home
    Connally, Louise C. 39 TX GA TX (wife)
    Connally, Ben C. 10 TX TX TX (son)

    1930 Census Falls Co., TX Page 10A, Justice Precinct #1, Marlin City Ward 1, 9 Apr 1930
    < Thomas Terry (Tom) Connally s/o Jones & Mary Ellen Terry Connally >
    Connally, Tom 52 TX GA GA Owns home valued at $10,000, Married at age 27, US Senator
    Connally, Louise 49 TX MS TX (wife) Married at age 26
    Connally, Ben 20 TX TX TX (son)

    --  RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Descendants of Edward Williams Sr. of Spartanburg,


    Washington - The body of former Sen Tom Connally  -- often described as 'the senator who look most like a senator should look' -- was to be flown back to his home state of Texas today.

    Connally ... died Monday [28 October 1963] at the age of 86. ... His wife was at the bedside when he died.

    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday [30 October 1963] in the First Methodist Church of Marlin, in Central Texas, where he was a member.  Burial will be in nearby Calvary Cemetery.  ...

    Thomas Terry Connally was born in McLennan County Aug 19, 1877, a son of Jones and Mary Terry Connally.  He was educated in Baylor University at Waco and the University of Texas Law School.

    In 1904 he married Louise Clarkson of Marlin who died in 1935.  A son by that marriage is a federal district judge in Houston.

    The Rev Asbury Lewis, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Marlin, will officiate at the funeral servcices.
    --  Del Rio Times Herald, Del Rio, Texas, Tuesday 29 Oct 1963

    Thomas Terry "Tom" Connally
    Birth Aug 19, 1877 McLennan County, Texas, USA
    Death Oct 28, 1963 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

    US Congressman, US Senator. Served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. Elected to represent Texas's 11th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1917 to 1929. Also served as a Member of the Texas State House of Representatives from 1901 to 1904, Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Texas in 1920, 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1948, and United States Senator from Texas from 1929 to 1953. (bio by: K)

    Jones Connally (1825 - 1902)
    Mary Ellen Terry Connally (1844 - 1932)

    Louise Clarkson Connally (1880 - 1935)
    Lucille Sanderson Connally (1890 - 1980)

    Son Ben Clarkson Connally (1909 - 1975)

    Arizona Connally Clements (1859 - ____)
    Eddie Connally Kendrick (1863 - 1925) Half-sibling
    Amanda Connally Smith (1872 - 1946)
    Bertha Connally Moore (1878 - 1963)
    Rose Connally Staton (1884 - 1946)
    Lila Connally McKay (1886 - 1967)

    Burial Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas, BC Clark Block

    Maintained by Find A Grave Aug 11, 2003
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #7752917,


  • 1. Ancestry Trees
    • Johnny L Williams,
  • 2. 1880 Federal Census, McLennan County, Texas
    • 15 June, Page 33A (scan p) 166A, District 111, Hse/Fam #201
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Falls County, Texas
    • 9 April, Marlin City Ward 1, District 1, page 10A, 530 Chambers St, Hse/Fam #209
  • 4. Obituary of Thomas Terry Connally, 1963
  • 5. Library of Congress
  • 6. RootsWeb Trees
    • Connally-Williams-Terry, by Johnny Williams, (no longer online)
  • 7. Dictionary of American Biography
  • 8. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 9. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • 10. New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964
  • 11. Social Security Death Index
  • 12. 1910 Federal Census, Falls County, Texas
    • District 47, page 97
  • 13. RootsWeb Trees

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