Wayne Warren Wagonseller

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Wayne Warren

Soldier of World War II
Twice Wounded in Action
At St. Lo and Brest, France
Holder of Bronze Star
and Purple Heart
Kind, Courageous and Generous
With Great Capacity for Friendship
and Loyalties
Fate Stopped His Career
At The Very Beginning

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Wayne Warren

Soldier - Lawyer - Senator

Member of Texas House of Representatives
1947 - 1950
Texas State Senator 1951 - 1955
The Senate's Most Gifted Orator
Established A National Marathon
Filibuster Record March 1955

Born in Montague County, Texas Feb. 1, 1921
Died Aug. 13, 1955
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Full Name: Wayne Warren Wagonseller
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
Row:M  Number:6
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives; Member, Texas Senate 
Birth Date: February 1, 1921 
Died: August 13, 1955 
Burial Date: August 15, 1955 

WAGONSELLER, WAYNE WARREN (1921-1955) Wayne Warren Wagonseller, state legislator, was born in Montague County, Texas, on February 1, 1921, to Amos Warren and Clara Augusta (Beck) Wagonseller. He attended North Texas State College and the University of Texas.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Wagonseller volunteered for Army service. He landed at the Normandy beachhead and was later wounded at St. Lo and Brest, France. He served throughout the war as an enlisted man with the 2nd Infantry Division. He holds the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Wagonseller was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1947 to 1950 and a member of the Texas Senate from 1950 to 1955. In March of 1955, he set a national marathon filibuster record, talking 28 hours and 5 minutes against a bill to reduce bus registration fees. He was widely known for his powers of oratory and had many demands for public appearances and speeches.

He was killed in an automobile accident on August 13, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Biography taken from Austin American-Statesman, August 14, 1955.

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