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James Green McDonald, Sr.
Full Name: James Green McDonald, Sr.
Date of birth: September 20, 1824
Date of death: March 11, 1903

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 16 Apr 6, 1882 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2)   Democrat Anderson / Grimes   Grimes, Madison, Trinity, Walker
H 37 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (3)     Anderson / Grimes   Brazos, Grimes, Montgomery
H 37 Nov 4, 1861 - May 2, 1862 9th (4) (5) (6)     Anderson / Grimes   Brazos, Grimes, Montgomery
(1) No record of party affiliation. Assumed democrat due to affiliation in other sessions, service in the Confederate Army, convention attendance, or information included in biographical sketches. Legislative Reference Library.
(2) James G. McDonald, sworn 4/6/1882, succeeded John T. Buchanan, died 1/29/1882. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 10th Legislature, Regular and 1st C.S. - House Journals list J. G. McDonald, district 37. House Journal. 10th 1st C.S.
10th R.S.
(4) Biography of James Green McDonald, Jr., states James Green McDonald, Sr. was in Legislature before the Civil war and in the Senate after the war, and 1861-62 was brigadier-general, in Texas under many flags, v. 5, p. 76. HeritageQuest Online.
(5) Resigned Legislature in 1861, having been appointed Brigadier General of Texas troops, by Governor Clark, which office he held for two years; elected District Attorney 1872 for 4 years; 1882 elected to Senate, in Early history of Grimes County. HeritageQuest Online.
(6) James K. Holland, sworn 2/2/1863. succeeded James G. McDonald, resigned 5/2/1862. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 28th Legislature, R.S., 3/13/1903, pp. 570-572. McDonald was "a democrat whose sword was ever drawn in defense of his party." Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • MCDONALD, JAMES GREEN, SR. (1824-1903). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biography of James Green McDonald, Jr., also includes information on James Green McDonald, Sr., in Texas under many flags, Chicago: American Historical Society, 1930, volume 5, p. 76. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas State Troops, Brigadier General, District 17. James Green McDonald. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Brigadier Generals of the Texas State Troops, 1861, pp. 58-59, and portrait, Plate No. 64. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Gen. James Green McDonald, birth date 9/20/1824, death date 3/11/1903, interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Anderson, Grimes County. Find a Grave.
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Relatives - James Green McDonald, Sr. (born 1824, died 3/11/1903), father and James Green McDonald, Jr. (born 9/11/1858), son, in Early history of Grimes County by E.L. Blair, publisher unknown, 1930. HeritageQuest Online.
  • "Though the freshman senators of the Seventeenth Legislature generally were Democrats . . . No fewer than eleven had fought for the Confederacy," [among them Browne, McLane, McDonald, and Davis,] p. 280. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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    10th R.S. - 1863
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    9th R.S. - 1861
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