J.L. Darwin

James Lewis Darwin

Full Name: James Lewis Darwin
Date of birth: February 10, 1853
Date of death: August 18, 1928

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 10, 1899 24th (3) (4) (5) (6)   25th (1) (2)   Populist Lake Creek / Delta   Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Red River, Titus

(1) First Day, 1/12/1897, pp. 1-3 - Darwin not listed in roll call of hold-over Senators or Senators-elect or Afternoon Session; Second Day, 1/13/1897, p. 5 - Darwin is listed in the roll call. Senate Journal.
(2) Populist. Texas Legislative Manual.
(3) Populist. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(4) Darwin attended only last day of Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Populist. Roster, "News from Austin: Twenty-Fourth Legislature," The Galveston Daily News, 12/23/1894, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(6) 24th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • James L. Darwin, birth date 2/10/1853 in Rhea, Tennessee; death date 8/18/1928 in Cooper, Delta County, Texas; banker; parents Thomas C. Darwin and Eliza M. Collins. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • James Lewis Darwin, pp. 295, 302, 320. "The only Populist legislator known to have been a Republican prior to Populism." The People's Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism, 2020.


  • Photograph. J.L. Darwin, 25th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.L. Darwin, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

25th R.S. - 1897
Agricultural Affairs  
Privileges and Election  
Public Health  
Public Lands  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Treasury and Comptroller's Office  
24th R.S. - 1895
Agricultural Affairs  
Claims and Accounts  
Contingent Expenses  
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Health  
Public Lands  
Towns and City Corporations  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  

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