J.W. Parker

James Wesson Parker

Full Name: James Wesson Parker
Date of birth: September 15, 1847
Date of death: March 29, 1891

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 53 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Democrat Richmond / Fort Bend   Fort Bend, Waller
H 53 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Richmond / Fort Bend   Fort Bend, Waller

(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Waller County. House Journal.
(4) Richmond, Fort Bend County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) "Democratic member of the House of Representatives . . . the first Democratic Representative from Fort Bend county since the war," p. 164. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
(6) James Wesson Parker, Richmond. Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) Fort Bend County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in "Curtain Rung Down. The Last Actor in a Noted Tragedy Passes Away," 4/19/1891, p. 3. Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned in the JAYBIRD-WOODPECKER WAR. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • James Wesson Parker, Democrat, lawyer, age 41 in 1889, born in Texas. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Mentioned in "Shot Dead in Court: Violent Death of a Nephew of the Late Judge Terry," 1/22/1890, p. 1. New York Times.
  • Death notice, "Judge J.W. Parker, Formerly of Fort Bend," The Galveston Daily News, 4/1/1891, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Description of the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, including an account of Wesson Parker's gunfight with Guilf Gibson, his indictment for murder, and his death "in the latter days of March, 1891," pp. 191-219. Wharton's History of Fort Bend County, 1950.


  • Photograph. J.W. Parker, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Judiciary No. 2  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
20th R.S. - 1887
Judiciary No. 2  
Land Grants to Railroads  
Public Debt  
State Schools at Agricultural & Mechanical College and Prairie View Normal School  

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