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Hamilton Ledbetter Hamilton Ledbetter
Full Name: Hamilton Ledbetter
Date of birth: April 14, 1808
Date of death: March 26, 1888

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Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Unaffiliated Round Top / Fayette    
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Round Top, Fayette County, Independent, p. 3. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(3) Republican. "News' telegrams, from Austin: organization of both houses . . . " Wednesday, 1/14/1874, p. 1, description of opening day of 14th Legislature, Regular Session: "Hon. H. Ledbetter was the only Republican who responded at roll call." Galveston Daily News.
(4) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
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Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketches of Thomas A. Ledbetter and W.H. Ledbetter include information on their father Hamilton Ledbetter. Relatives: Hamilton Ledbetter - father, W.H. Ledbetter, son. Fayette County, TXGenWeb Project.
  • Other Resources
  • Obituary, "Death of Mr. Ledbetter," Austin Weekly Statesman, 3/29/1888, image 9. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.
  • Account of Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic nominee for Senator from Bastrop and Fayette counties, being challenged by his father, Hamilton Ledbetter, Esq., nominated by "the radicals," election date 12/2/1873, election results for Senator, 26th District, Bastrop County: H. Ledbetter - 1155, W. Ledbetter - 1063; Fayette County: W. Ledbetter - 1506, H. Ledbetter - 1709. Bastrop Advertiser, 11/15/1873, col. 2, 11/29/1873, and 12/20/1873. Crediting Bastrop Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). December 20, 1873 November 15, 1873 November 29, 1873
  • Hamilton Ledbetter, birth date 4/14/1808, death date 5/26/1888, wife Jane Amanda Peacock. Robertson McFarren Family History and more, 2009.
  • Historical marker, Hamilton Ledbetter House, Fayette County. State Senator, 1872-74. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).
  • "Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic candidate for State Senator, is running against his father Hamilton Ledbetter, People's Convention candidate for same. Hamilton was also nominated as a candidate for same by the Republican Party." Bastrop Advertiser, 11/1/1873. USGenWeb Project, 1996.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Hamilton Ledbetter, 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.
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