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Cato Sells

prosecutor , former mayor.

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.


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.


Mason, Odd; member Rotary and Lions clubs.


Married Lola Abbott McDaniel, June 30, 1891. Children: Dorothy M., Donald D., Mistress.

George Washington Sells

Elizabeth Catherine (Hedden) Sells

Lola Abbott McDaniel

Dorothy M. Sells

Donald D. Sells

Mrs Sells