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J. Wesson 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) "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.
(4) Waller County. House Journal.
(5) Richmond, Fort Bend County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(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) Home county, Fort Bend. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 22nd Legislature, R.S., 4/13/1891, pp. 905, 911. Born in 1842. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 179-180. "He was just twenty-one when he began his career as Justice of the Peace in 1869." Wharton's History of Fort Bend County. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 164-165. Birth date 9/15/1847. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Other Resources
  • James Wesson Parker, Democrat, lawyer, age 41 in 1889, born in Texas. Card File.
  • "Judge J.W. Parker died Sunday morning of pneumonia," 4/1/1891, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.
  • 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.
  • 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," p. 191-219. Wharton's History of Fort Bend County. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Mentioned in "Shot Dead in Court: Violent Death of a Nephew of the Late Judge Terry," 1/22/1890, p. 1. New York Times.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J. Wesson Parker, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 20th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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