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James A. Truitt James Alfred Truitt
Full Name: James Alfred Truitt
Date of birth: October 23, 1795
Date of death: June 11, 1870

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 8, 1870 11th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     White Cottage / Shelby   Panola, Sabine, Shelby
S 14 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (6) (7) (8) (9)   6th (10)     Truit's Store / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
S 12 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (11) (12)     Unknown / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
H Shelby Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (13)     Unknown / Shelby   Shelby
H Shelby Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (14)     Unknown / Shelby   Shelby
(1) Home address, White Cottage; home county, Shelby. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Lists town of White Cottage (no longer exists), Shelby County. Texas Towns Database (Texas Almanac).
(3) 11th Legislature - 8/6/1866 (First Day), pp. 2, 4, all 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials. "Upon calling the roll of Districts, the following Senators responded and presented their credentials." Senate Journal.
(4) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(6) Home address, Truit's Store; home county, Shelby. No home address or county listed for 6th Legislature. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Listed in "Senators holding over: Opposition." Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(8) 7th Legislature, 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(9) 7th Legislature - listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(10) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1855, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(11) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(12) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1851, p. 3. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by Districts, the following gentlemen appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(13) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(14) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Name listed, James Truit (4th Legislature), James Truit (6th Legislature), James Truitt (7th Legislature), J. Truitt (11th Legislature). Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, James Truit, p. 182. "His postoffice address in 1866 was White's Cottage, Shelby County . . . " Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Biographical sketch, John H. Truitt, pp. 188-189. Birth date 2/21/1848. Relatives: John H. Truitt, grandson of Honorable James [Alfred] Truitt, member of Texas Congress during the Republic, and member of Texas House of Representatives and Senate from Shelby County until 1866. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Biographical sketch of John Hall Stephens of Montague, p. 390. Birth date 12/22/1847; "died in 1927." Relatives: John Hall Stephens - grandson; James Truit - grandfather. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Biographical sketch, James Alfred Truit, 11th Legislature, pp. 63-64. Relatives: James Alfred Truit, father; Alfred M. Truit, son. "[James Alfred] Truit and his family settled in Shelby County in 1840 . . ." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1860 - James Truit, Truit's Store post office, Shelby County, age 64, farmer, born in NC. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Name listed, James A. Truit. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Name listed, James Truitt, pp. 259, 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • TRUITT, JAMES (1795-1870) - James Truitt (Truit). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • TRUITT, JAMES W. (1845-1922). Relatives: John H. Truitt and James W. Truitt - brothers. John H. Truitt and James W. Truitt - grandsons, James Alfred Truitt (1795-1870) - grandfather. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. James A. Truitt, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 11th session composite photo of Senate members (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History). By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Committee Informationtop
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Land Office  
    Private Land Claims  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Penitentiary  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Land Office  
    Military Affairs  
    Republic of Texas Treasury Notes and Other Liabilities  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Claims and Accounts  
    Internal Improvements  
    Privileges and Elections  
     

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