Ben E. Cabell, Mayor of Dallas, Texas

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Benjamin Elias "Ben" Cabell

Birthdate: (72)
Death: February 8, 1931 (72)
Immediate Family:

Son of Brig. Gen. William Lewis Cabell, (CSA) and Harriett Amanda Cabell
Husband of Sadie Earle Cabell
Father of Gen Charles P. Cabell (USAF), Deputy Director of the CIA; Earle Cabell, Mayor of Dallas, Texas and Benjamin Elias Cabell, Jr.
Brother of Katie Doswell Currie; William L Cabell; John Joseph Cabell; Lawrence DuVal Cabell and Lewis Rector Cabell

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About Ben E. Cabell, Mayor of Dallas, Texas

Benjamin Elias Cabell (November 18, 1858 - February 8, 1931), attorney, was mayor of Dallas 1900-1904.


Benjamin Elias Cabell was born November 18, 1858 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to William Lewis Cabell and Harriet Amanda Rector. He married Sadie E. Pearre, daughter of Judge Charles Baer Pearre and Harriet “Hallie” Kelly Earle, on November 26, 1896 in Waco, Texas. They had three sons: Ben Elias Cabell, Jr., Charles Pearre Cabell, and Earle Cabell.

He spent part of his youth as a mining prospector in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Lower California (Mexico). He returned to Dallas and entered the livery business. When his father was appointed U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Texas, he was appointed Deputy Marshall. He was elected Sheriff of Dallas County in 1892 and held the office until 1900. He was elected mayor in 1900. His father, Brig. General William Lewis Cabell (CSA), and his son, Earle Cabell, also served the city as mayor. While mayor he oversaw the construction of Bachman Lake dam as part of the city water system. He was director of the State Fair of Texas, chairman of the State Penitentiary Board. He was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, Knights of Pythias and the Elks.

On February 8, 1931, Ben E. Cabell died at Fort Sam Houston, Bexar County, Texas. He was interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

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Ben E. Cabell, Mayor of Dallas, Texas's Timeline

November 18, 1858
October 11, 1903
Age 44
Dallas, Texas
October 27, 1906
Age 47
February 8, 1931
Age 72