W.J. Caven

William John Caven

Full Name: William John Caven
Other surnames: Cavin
Date of birth: October 27, 1833
Date of death: July 25, 1907

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 15 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 79 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Cherokee, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Shelby

(1) District 14 - L.P. Wilson, District 15 - W.J. Cavin. House Journal.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) Roster shows Caven represented the 15th district; bio shows the 14th. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
(4) Caven elected as floater, p. 1, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company A, 3rd Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Biographical sketch, pp. 282-284. Resolution in memory of William J. Caven presented to Sterling Price Camp No. 31, U.C.V. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.

Other Resources


  • Photograph. W.J. Caven, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Caven, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Caven, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

19th R.S. - 1885
Agricultural (Chair) 
State Affairs  
18th R.S. - 1883
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Contingent Expenses  
17th R.S. - 1881
Claims and Accounts  
Contingent Expenses  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Senatorial and Representative Districts  
State Affairs  

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