Edgar E. Witt

Summary: 
Edgar E Witt served as a Commissioner for the Indian Claims Commission
Traditional Knowledge: 

Edgar E. Witt was born on Janurary 28, 1876 in Bell County, Texas. His early education took place in the Salado school systems. Witt earned his Bachelors degree in 1900 and his Law Degree in 1903 both from the University of Texas. In 1906 he began his law career and practiced at a firm in Waco, Texas. He later entered private practice with his brother in 1912. Edgar E. Witt was elected to the House of Representatives in 1914 to the 34th Texas Legislature and then served in the Senate until 1930. Witt's service in the Senate ended due to his election as Lieutenant Governor of Texas. However, Edgar Witt was defeated in his campaign for governorship in 1932. Witt remained active in practicing law until President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him the chairman of Mexican Claims Commission from 1935 to 1938 and again from 1943 to 1947. Later. President Harry S. Truman appointed Edgar E. Witt as Chief Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission. Witt ended his career in June of 1960 after retiring. Edgar E Witt passed away in Austin, Texas Jully 11, 1965.