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William Howard Bourland
Full Name: William Howard Bourland
Date of birth: 1811
Date of death: April 2, 1860

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 5 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Sherman / Grayson   Grayson
H Lamar Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (1) (2)     Unknown / Lamar   Hopkins, Lamar
H Lamar Feb 17, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (3) (4) (5) (6)     Unknown / Lamar Speaker 5/1/1846 - 5/11/1846.   Hopkins, Lamar
(1) W.H. Bourland and Johnson Wren, Lamar County. House Journal.
(2) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Not present at organization of the House on 2/16/1846. James Gillett, James Willie, John N.O. Smith, and William Bourland sworn on 2/17/1846, p. 11, House Journal.
(4) Branch resigned as speaker 3/16, and Crump was again elected, resigning 5/1 to be succeeded the same day by Bourland, who resigned 5/11 and was succeeded by Perkins. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Crump, elected speaker 2/16/1846, on 3/3 was granted leave of absence until 3/15, and Brown was elected speaker pro tempore. Brown resigned 3/9, the House adopted a resolution declaring the office vacant since 3/3, and Branch was elected speaker. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) W.H. Bourland, Lamar County, farmer, nativity Kentucky, Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, William H. Bourland, p. 54. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • William Howard Bourland, married Rachel C. Davis 8/30/1831, second Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, representative of Lamar County in 1845 and first representative of Grayson County in 1853; proof of "Howard" as middle name. "Benjamin Bourland - Agnes McElroy of North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Texas," entry 10. Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains, 2006.
  • BOURLAND, WILLIAM H. (1811-1860). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 5th Speaker of the House of Representatives: William H. Bourland. Biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Major, 1st Texas Mounted Volunteers, Mexican War. William H. Bourland, age 36, born about 1811, enlistment in San Antonio, 4/23/1847. U.S., Compiled Military Service Records for American Volunteer Soldiers, Mexican War, 1845-1848. Ancestry.com.
  • Other Resources
  • William Howard Bourland, Commissioner to Investigate Land Titles, bond 4/22/1850, oath 4/21/1850, index card, handwritten oath of office of William Howard Bourland. Texas, U.S., Bonds and Oaths of Office, 1846–1920. Ancestry.com.
  • Mentioned in MEXICAN-AMERICAN LAND GRANT ADJUDICATION. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Relatives: William H. Bourland and James G. Bourland - brothers, "Carnahan / Carter Connections," RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Governor Peter Hansbrough Bell appointed William H. Bourland and James B. Miller as commissioners to investigate the real estate titles between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, 1850. "Bourland, who involved himself in politics shortly after his arrival in Texas, served in the last two Texas Congresses and the First, Second, and Fifth legislature. He also saw service as a major in the Mexican War," p. 454. "Quieting Title to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in the Trans-Nueces: The Bourland and Miller Commission, 1850-1852," by Galen D. Greaser and Jesús F. de la Teja, Vol. 95, No. 4, April 1992, pp. 445-464, published by Texas State Historical Association. Texas State University Digital Collections Repository. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
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