Dancy, Oscar Cromwell, 1879-1971

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Oscar Cromwell Dancy (1879-1971), born and raised in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on December 22, 1879, received his law degree from Southern Normal University in Huntington, Tennessee.

He taught in North Carolina then served with the army in the Spanish-American War. Upon returning to the United States, he served as mayor of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This appointment was short, however, as Dancy resigned and moved with his wife to Brownsville, Texas, in 1909, after she contracted typhoid fever. Dancy worked as a lawyer and also served as county judge of Cameron County, 1921-1932, 1934-1962. A proponent of county water and highway improvements, he actively encouraged the statewide use of county bond financing and was an ardent supporter of Democratic Party politics. His length of position as county judge was longer than any other man's in the history of the state. The Cameron County courthouse is now housed in the Oscar C. Dancy Building in Brownsville, Texas.

From the description of Dancy, Oscar Cromwell, papers, 1917-1965. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 658060968

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referencedIn Dancy, Oscar Cromwell Papers 67-84; 73-162; 97-345; 99-112., 1917-1965 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
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associatedWith Anderson, W. E. (William Eugene), 1946-. person
associatedWith Couch, Ed C. person
associatedWith Dancy, Arthur. person
associatedWith Dancy, Oscar Cromwell person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Faulk, Henry person
associatedWith Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967. person
associatedWith Jones, Jesse Holman, 1874-1956. person
associatedWith Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. person
associatedWith Neff, Pat Morris, 1871-1952. person
associatedWith Pease, Charles Henry, 1873⁰́₃1933 person
associatedWith Sexton, Harry person
associatedWith Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Rio Grande Valley
Texas--Cameron County
Cameron County (Tex.)
Water resources development
Depressions 1929
County government
Voting machines
Poll tax


Birth 1879

Death 1971

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