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John Mitchell John Mitchell
Full Name: John Mitchell
Date of birth: April 1, 1837
Date of death: April 10, 1921

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 16 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Republican Caldwell / Burleson   Burleson, Washington
H 17 May 9, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (4) (5) (6) (7)   Radical Republican Caldwell / Burleson   Brazos, Burleson, Milam
(1) District 16 comprised of Washington and Burleson counties, shall elect one Senator and three Representatives; District 17 comprised of Falls, Milam, and Bell counties, shall elect one Senator and three Representatives, p. 45, Acts 1873, 13th Legislature, ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Roster of members of the 14th Legislature shows Sixteenth district, Republican, p. 5. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(3) List of members elect of the 14th Legislature shows Seventeenth district. House Journal.
(4) No record of Mitchell voting or taking the oath of office during the Provisional Session. Mitchell sworn on 5/9/1870 in the 1st Called Session, p. 83. House Journal.
(5) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(6) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(7) Listed as member of Radical Republican Association, established 6/4/1870, p. 26. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • Mentioned in footnote 5, p. 264, Gideon Lincecum, 1793-1874: a Biography, by Lois Wood Burkhalter. "During the Reconstruction, Negroes found their military and political services in demand by the Texas Republican Party." Google Books.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 21. One of six African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1875, pp. 51-52, Appendix A. Birth year 1837, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • MITCHELL, JOHN (1837-1921). "He joined the Radical Republican Association, organized to uphold Governor Edmund J. Davis's vetoes of railroad-development bills during the Twelfth Legislature." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • One of six African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1875, p. 732. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers, 1940.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. John Mitchell, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    House Employees, To Determine the Number of  
    12th R.S. - 1871

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