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Cato Sells

Cato Sells, American prosecutor, former mayor. Mason, Odd; member Rotary and Lions clubs.


  • Sells, Cato was born on October 6, 1859 in Vinton, Iowa, United States. Son of George Washington and Elizabeth Catherine (Hedden) Sells.

  • Education

    • Educational public schools, LaPorte City, Iowa. A.M. and honorary Doctor of Laws, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.


    • Admitted to bar, 1889 and practiced at LaPorte City and Vinton. Served as city attorney, later mayor of LaPorte City. Elected state’s attorney, 1891, and re-elected, 1893.

      United States district attorney by appointment President Cleveland, 1894-1899. (successfully prosecuted the noted Van Luven conspiracy pension fraud cases). Moved to Texas, 1907.

      President Texas State Bank & Trust Company, Cleburne. Commissioner Indian Affairs, by appointment of President Wilson, 1913-1921. First state chairman organization promoting Texas Centennial Exposition, 1924-1925.

      Chairman program committee and toastmaster on The All Texas Special Good Will Tour,” 1927.


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Mason, Odd; member Rotary and Lions clubs.


    • Married Lola Abbott McDaniel, June 30, 1891. Children: Dorothy M., Donald D., Mistress.
    • father: George Washington Sells
    • mother: Elizabeth Catherine (Hedden) Sells
    • spouse: Lola Abbott McDaniel
    • children: Dorothy M. Sells
    • Donald D. Sells
    • Mrs Sells
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    Born October 6, 1859
    Died December 30, 1948
    (aged 89)