J.H. Traylor

John Henry Traylor

Full Name: John Henry Traylor
Date of birth: March 27, 1839
Date of death: March 19, 1925

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 30 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 11, 1887 18th (2) (3)   19th (1)   Democrat Granbury / Hood   Bosque, Erath, Hood, Palo Pinto, Somervell
H 69 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4) (5)   Democrat Granbury / Hood   Bosque, Hood, Somervell

(1) Democrat, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885, 1885.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883
(4) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, "Col. John Traylor, Former Mayor, Dies," 3/20/1925, p. 13. Confederate veteran and former Mayor of Dallas and State Representative and Senator; native of Traylorsville, Henry County, Virginia. "As a State legislator, Col. Traylor's service included the authorship of a number of important measures; one reducing passenger fares from 5c to 3c a mile and another repealing the law granting railroads sixteen sections of land for each mile of construction. He was also instrumental in having the State Capitol built of Texas granite."
    "Funeral Is Held for Col. Traylor," 3/21/1925, p. 13. Dallas Morning News.
  • TRAYLOR, JOHN HENRY (1839-1925). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 136. A History of Hood County, Texas: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present, Together with Biographical Sketches of Many Leading Men and Women Among the Early Settlers. . .: Also a Sketch of the History of Somervell County., 1895.
  • Biographical sketch, John H. Traylor, p. 91. Born in Henry County, Virginia, 45 years ago (circa 1840). Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 247. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company B, 4th Georgia Regiment. Scout and sharpshooter for Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • John H. Traylor, birth date 3/27/1839 in Virginia; death date 3/19/1925 in Harlandale, Bexar County, Texas; retired. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • John H. Traylor, birth date 3/27/1839, death date 3/19/1925, portrait, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. J.H. Traylor, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.H. Traylor, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.H. Trayler, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

19th R.S. - 1885
Agricultural Affairs  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expense  
Enrolled Bills  
Finance (Chair) 
Frontier Protection  
Internal Improvements  
Public Debt  
Public Lands  
Purchase of Granite Quarry in Burnet County  
W.C. Walsh, Commissioner of the General Land Office  
18th R.S. - 1883
Agricultural Affairs  
Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Deaf and Dumb Asylum  
Enrolled Bills  
Frontier Protection  
Funeral Procession for Hon. A.L. Adams of Wood County  
Internal Improvements  
Stock and Stockraising  
17th R.S. - 1881
Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
Department of Public Education, Select  
Memorial for Hon. H.G. Bruce of Johnson County  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Senatorial and Representative Districts  
Senatorial and Representative Districts, Apportionment  

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