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Carlos Bee (July 8, 1867 – April 20, 1932) was an attorney and politician, serving as U.S. Representative from Texas. He was a son of Hamilton P. Bee and a great-grandson of Thomas Bee, a politician and judge in South Carolina in the Revolutionary and Federal periods.

Carlos Bee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byJames Luther Slayden
Succeeded byHarry M. Wurzbach
Personal details
Born(1867-07-08)July 8, 1867
Saltillo, Mexico
DiedApril 20, 1932(1932-04-20) (aged 64)
San Antonio, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Kyle Burleson
RelationsBarnard Elliott Bee Jr. (uncle)
Barnard E. Bee Sr. (grandfather)
Thomas Bee (great-grandfather)
ChildrenCarlos Bee
ParentsHamilton P. Bee
Mildred Tarver

Early life and educationEdit

Carlos Bee was born in 1867 in Saltillo, Mexico, where his parents Hamilton Prioleau Bee and Mildred Tarver Bee had moved from San Antonio after the collapse of the Confederacy and the end of the American Civil War. His father had been a general in the Confederate Army.

In 1874, the family returned to San Antonio when Bee was five years old. He attended the public schools and the Agricultural and Mechanical College. He studied law while working as a railway mail clerk. After passing the bar, he started a practice.


After being admitted to the bar in 1893, Bee started a law practice in San Antonio. He joined the Democratic Party and was appointed as United States commissioner for the western district of Texas in 1893.[1] On January 16, 1895, Bee married Mary Kyle Burleson (December 14, 1873—April 3, 1923), who was the daughter of Emma (née Kyle) and Edward Burleson.[2][3][4] His wife was one of the founders of the Pan-American Round Tables.[5]

He was appointed as district attorney of the thirty-seventh judicial district, serving 1898–1905. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904 and 1908, and was elected as chairman in 1904. In his first electoral office, Bee served as a member of the city school board of San Antonio 1906–1908. He was appointed as president of the county school board of Bexar County, Texas from 1912 to 1914.

In 1914, Bee was elected as a member of the State senate, serving 1915–1919.

In 1918, he was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921). In 1920, he ran unsuccessfully in the primary for re-election to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

Later yearsEdit

After his defeat in the primary, Bee returned to the practice of law in San Antonio. He worked there until his death there on April 20, 1932.[6] Within a month of his death, Bee's second wife, Mary Elizabeth "Bettie Mae" (née Oliver) died on 27 May 1932.[1][7] He was interred in the Confederate Cemetery. His son, Carlos Bee, was mayor of Hayward, California and served in the California State Assembly.


  1. ^ a b Hooker, Anne W. (June 12, 2010). "Bee, Carlos". Handbook of Texas Online. Denton, Texas: Texas State Historical Association. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Carlos Bee". FamilySearch. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. January 16, 1895. FHL microfilm #978167, reference 2:27W6JH1. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. ^ Guttery, Ben R. (2007). Representing Texas. Charleston, South Carolina: BookSurge Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4.
  4. ^ Taylor, T. U. (February 1941). "Early Hays County, TX History". Frontier Times Magazine. Bandera, Texas: J. Marvin Hunter. 18 (5). Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. ^ Fenwick, Marin B. (1917). Who's who Among the Women of San Antonio and Southwest Texas: A Blue Book. San Antonio, Texas: Miss Marin B. Fenwick. p. 40. OCLC 669306872.
  6. ^ "Carlos Bee, 64 Dies in Hospital". Fredericksburg, Texas: The Fredericksburg Standard. April 29, 1932. p. 7. Retrieved 20 May 2017 – via  
  7. ^ "Mrs. Carlos Bee Dies, Funeral in Longview". San Antonio, Texas: The San Antonio Express. May 28, 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 20 May 2017 – via  
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Luther Slayden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th congressional district

March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921
Succeeded by
Harry M. Wurzbach