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J.O. Terrell Jonathan Olinthus Terrell
Full Name: Jonathan Olinthus Terrell
Date of birth: April 6, 1856
Date of death: June 28, 1923

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 16 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (1) (2)   19th (3) (4) (5)   20th (1) (2)   Republican Terrell / Kaufman Senate President Pro Tempore (20th)   Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall

(1) 20th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President and President Pro Tem 3/18/1887 and 3/21/1887, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) 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).
(3) Democrat, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885, 1885.
(4) 19th Legislature - Roll call of new members, oath of office administered, 1/13/1885, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(5) "One of the rare Republicans still able to win office...At one point he was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor," pp. 342-343. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • TERRELL, CHESTER H. (1882-1920). Relatives: J.O. Terrell - father, Chester H. Terrell - son. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • TERRELL, J. O. (1856-1923). "In 1910 he received the unanimous Republican nomination for governor of Texas." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, J.O. Terrell, pp. 90-91. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, J.O. Terrell, p. 87. Born 4/6/1856 in Kaufman County. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of Marshall W. Terrell, Volume I, p. 234. Texas Under Many Flags, 1930.
  • Other Resources
  • "Terrell, that magical political name on Texas democratic ballots, causes thousands of voters to wonder who started it," 6/28/1934, p. 8. Relatives: J.O. Terrell - father, Chester Terrell - son. El Paso Herald Post.
  • Jonathan O. Terrell - birth date 4/6/1856. FamilySearch.
  • Photo and obituary, 6/29/1923, San Antonio Express.
  • J.O. Terrell's tribute to Tom Terrell, a slave brought to Texas by J.O.'s father Jonathan Wilson Terrell. TXGenWeb Project.
  • Johnathon Olinthus Terrell birth date 4/6/1856, "Robert Adams and Emily Love Terrell Family Bible Records." J.O. Terrell was stepson of Robert Adams Terrell. TXGenWeb Project.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J.O. Terrell, 20th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.O. Terrell, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 19th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 20th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1 (Chair)  
    Memorial Services for Hon. E.F. Hall and Hon. George Pfeuffer  
    New Capitol, Grounds and Cost of Furnishing  
    P.H. Hennessy, Sergeant at Arms  
    Public Lands  
    Roads and Bridges  
    State University at Austin  
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Alexander Sampson, Calendar Clerk  
    Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Laying the Cornerstone of the New Capitol  
    Lunatic Asylum, North Texas Insane Asylum at Terrell  
    Public Lands  
    State Asylums  

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