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James Shaw
Full Name: James Shaw
Date of birth: August 8, 1808
Date of death: February 14, 1879

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 47 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th     Lexington / Burleson   Brazos, Burleson
H 47 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (1) (2)     Lexington / Burleson   Brazos, Burleson
H 36 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (3)     Lexington / Burleson   Bastrop, Burleson
H Milam Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (4)     Unknown / Milam   Milam
(1) Burleson county acquired its present boundaries in 1874, when its western reaches beyond East Yegua Creek were given to the new Lee County, thus reducing Burleson County by some 31 percent. Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) House Journal lists James Shaw of Lexington, Burleson County - farmer, age 45, born in Ohio. House Journal.
(3) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) 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).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 169-170. Death date, 2/14/1879. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Biographical sketch of James Shaw, mentions son Travis Shaw. Daughters of Republic of Texas, Volume 1 By Turner Publishing Company, p. 251, Google Books.
  • SHAW, JAMES (1808-1879). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biography, Travis Shaw, pp. 131-132. Relatives: Capt. James Shaw of Burleson County and member of Texas Congress and Texas Legislature - father; Travis Shaw - son. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Other Resources
  • James Shaw, born 8/8/1808, died 2/14/1879, interment and grave marker photo in Early Chapel Cemetery, Lee County. Find a Grave.
  • Census of 1860 lists J. Shaw of Lexington, Burleson County - farmer, 51 years old, born in Ohio. HeritageQuest Online.
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    6th R.S. - 1855
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    Constitutional Amendments, Select  
    County and County Boundaries  
    Private Land Claims No. 1 (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    County Boundaries  
    Public Debt  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Contingent Expenses  
    Indian Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Public Buildings  
    Roads and Public Highways  

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