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Thomas J. Towles Thomas Jefferson Towles
Full Name: Thomas Jefferson Towles
Date of birth: December 29, 1843
Date of death: January 21, 1909

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 26 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Canton / Van Zandt   Van Zandt
H 22 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (4) (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Canton / Van Zandt   Kaufman, Rains, Van Zandt, Wood
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Democrat. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
(3) T.H. Towles, Center. 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).
(4) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Twenty-second District - The counties of Kaufman, Raines, Wood and Van Zandt shall elect two representatives; Kaufman to be the returning county." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) T.J. Towles, Kaufman County. House Journal.
(6) Thomas J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Thomas J. Towles, home county, Van Zandt. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 31st Legislature, R.S., 2/3/1909, p. 278. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • TOWLES, THOMAS JEFFERSON (1843-1909). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Thomas Jefferson Towles, birth date 12/29/1842. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 82-83, 32 years old in 1876, "resides in Canton, in Van Zandt county." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Capt. Thomas Jefferson Towles, pp. 136-137. Birth date 12/29/1849. Some History of Van Zandt County, 1919.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Company G, 3rd Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Thomas J. Towles. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 111-112. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1870 - Thos. J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County, age 27, born in Georgia, "Sheriff of [V.Z.?] County," wife Nancy A. (age 26).
    Census of 1880 - Thomas J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County, age 37, born in Georgia, retail grocer, wife Anna (age 36), daughter Minnie (7), son Bonner (3), daughter Emera (6 mos). FamilySearch. 1870 1880
  • Capt. Thomas Jefferson Towles, birth date 12/29/1843 in Jones County, Georgia; death date 1/21/1909 in Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas; interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Canton, Van Zandt County. Obituary from the Wills Point Chronicle, 1/28/1909. Find a Grave.
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. TXGenWeb Project.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Thomas J. Towles, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Thomas J. Towles, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east 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
    Departments of State Government, Investigate  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Printing  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Capitol Grounds, Accounts of Superintendent F. Voigt  
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Federal Relations  

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