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Rook Ramsey

Carl "Rook" Ramsey

January 1, 1951, to December 31, 1960
January 1, 1977, to December 31, 1984

Carl "Rook" Ramsey is probably the most well known sheriff in Wise County History. He was born in Decatur, Texas, on March 1, 1911. He attended school in Bridgeport, but graduated from Graham high school. He also attended Decatur Baptist College. In 1935, He married Mable Sparks of Boyd. They had one daughter.

Rook Ramsey began his career in law enforcement in the early forty's as the city Marshall for the City of Bridgeport. On November 7, 1950, he was elected to what would be the first of many terms of office. He served until December 31, 1960.

After leaving the sheriff's department, Rook and his wife moved to Fort Worth, and went to work as the Chief jailer for Tarrant County Sheriff Lon Evans. In 1975, the Ramsey family moved back to Bridgeport, and Rook took an investigator position with the Bridgeport Police Department.

On November 2, 1976, he was elected to his second term as sheriff. He served as sheriff from January 1, 1977, until January 1, 1985, when he retired.

Rook Ramsey died on October 6, 1994. He served as sheriff for a total of eighteen years.

Carl "Rook" Ramsey was not only well known, but he was also greatly respected by the citizens of Wise County, both young and old.


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