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James A. Harley

Full Name: James A. Harley
Date of birth: March 1, 1883
Date of death: June 15, 1942

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 21 Jan 12, 1915 - Sep 29, 1917 34th (3)   35th (1) (2)   Democrat Seguin / Guadalupe   Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays
S 21 Jul 21, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Seguin / Guadalupe   Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays

(1) Martin Faust, in special election 2/5/1918, sworn 2/28/1918, succeeded James A. Harley, vacated office 9/29/1917. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 35th Legislature - Member-elect in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 7, 1916, oath of office administered, 1/9/1917, pp. 2-3. Senate Journal.
(3) 34th Legislature - Elected November 3, 1914, oath of office administered to members elect, 1/12/1915, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(4) "Five New Senators: The senate will have five new faces during the special session. James Harley, Senator F.C. Weinert's successor from Seguin, is the first of the new members to arrive." "Storm Brews at Capital as State Lawmakers Gather for Special Session of Legislature," 7/21/1913, p. 1. Fort Worth Record.
(5) "To Choose a State Senator" and "Weinert in Charge of Office," 6/2/1913, p. 6: Harley mentioned as candidate, Weinert became Texas Secretary of State; "James A. Harley Elected: Seguin Man Unopposed for Senator from Twenty-First District," 7/21/1913, p. 2: Harley elected 7/19/1913. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Special election 7/19/1913, "Overwhelming Defeat for Three Amendments. . .Dr. E.I. Clark Wins in Eighteenth Senatorial; Tom B. Coe Leads in Twelfth Representative; E.M. Greer Elected in Seventh Senatorial; H.R. Greer Elected 125th Representative," 7/20/1913, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(7) James A. Harley, sworn 7/21/1913, succeeded Ferdinand C. Weinert, resigned 5/3/1913. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(8) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 34th-35th Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • HARLEY, JAMES A. (1883-1942). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Senate of the 35th Legislature, "A Look at the Affairs of State: The Real Names and Addresses of Thirty-one Senators With Additional Facts," 3/22/1917, p. 6. Houston Post.
  • Appointed Adjutant General 9/29/1917; in 1917 from Seguin, 21 dist. Guadalupe county, age 34, born in Texas, lawyer, Democrat; includes obituary in Dallas News, 6/16/1942, "J.A. Harley, Former State Senator, Dies." Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Memorial, September 1942, p. 323. Texas Bar Journal.

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Texas National Guard, Major and Adjutant General, World War I. "During World War I Harley was a major in the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division, Texas National Guard, and was adjutant general of Texas from September 29, 1917, to September 30, 1919." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • United States Army, Brigadier General and Adjutant General, World War I. Harley "served as Adjutant General of Texas during the World War I, holding the rank of Brigadier General in the Third Infantry Brigade . . ." 48th Legislature, R.S., HCR 53, 3/3/1943, p. 682. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Data on U.S. Army Divisions during World War I, 36th Division (Texas and Oklahoma National Guard). RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

35th R.S. - 1917
Civil Jurisprudence  
Congressional Districts  
Donation of John Tarleton College to the State, Investigate  
Educational Affairs  
Internal Improvements  
Military Affairs  
Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
Senatorial Districts  
State Penitentiaries  
34th R.S. - 1915
Constitutional Amendments  
Educational Affairs  
Insurance, Statistics and History  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Military Affairs  
Penitentiary Investigating Committee (Chair) 
Senatorial Districts  
State Penitentiaries (Chair) 
Towns and City Corporations  

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