Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 1, Spring, 2004 Page: 12
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J. B. ADOUE
BY Ross CRABTREE
n 1949,J.B."Tiste"Adoue,Jr., forever changed
the way Dallas elects its mayors.
Standing tall among his peers of successful
Dallas businessmen who led Dallas during the
mid twentieth century, Jean Baptiste Adoue, Jr.,
tirelessly served Dallas in many leading civic
roles over the course of two decades. In his service
as a city councilman, Adoue became known
as an independent, outspoken voice for the common
man who successfully challenged the status
quo to become Dallas's first directly-elected
mayor in more than twenty years.
J.B. Adoue,Jr., was born in Dallas in 1884 to
Jean Baptiste and Mary Mittie Neosha Adoue.
His father had immigrated to Dallas from France
and became the French Consul Agent charged
with dissolving and liquidating the assets of the
La Reunion colony. Adoue, Sr., went on to
become a successful Dallas businessman and
founded a bank which would be chartered in
1892 as the National Bank of Commerce.
J.B.Adoue,Jr., attended Dallas public schools
and then enrolled in the University of Texas in
Austin, where he earned a law degree in 1906.
Upon graduating he moved back to Dallas and
practiced law for a year before joining his father's
bank. After working with his father for many
years, Adoue, Jr., became president of the
National Bank of Commerce upon his father's
death in 1924.
As a successful banker and business leader,
the energetic Adoue began early in his career
devoting an increasing amount of time to civic
causes and community-building efforts. He
served on many boards and committees, includ
J. B. Adoue
ing directorships on the boards of the State Fair
of Texas, the Better Business Bureau, the Dallas
Grand Opera Association, and the Southwestern
Medical Foundation. He was equally involved in
promoting Dallas's business community and
economy, presiding for a term over the Dallas
Clearinghouse Association and serving two
terms as president of the Dallas Chamber of
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