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William Hamilton Ledbetter

Full Name: William Hamilton Ledbetter
Date of birth: December 23, 1834
Date of death: April 24, 1896

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 11, 1881 15th (2)   16th (1)   Democrat La Grange / Fayette   Bastrop, Fayette, Lee
H 50 Aug 1, 1864 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (4)     La Grange / Fayette   Fayette

(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "long term" (four years). Senate Journal. April 14, 1876 April 27, 1876
(3) Census of 1860, 1870, and 1880 - William H. Ledbetter, La Grange, Fayette County. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1880
(4) William Ledbetter, in special election 8/1/1864, sworn in 2nd Called Session, succeeded William Hunt, given leave of absence for remainder of 1st Called Session on 5/23/1864, and died thereafter. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Account of Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic nominee for Senator from Bastrop and Fayette counties, being challenged by his father, Hamilton Ledbetter, Esq., nominated by "the radicals," election date 12/2/1873, election results for Senator, 26th District, Bastrop County: H. Ledbetter - 1155, W. Ledbetter - 1063; Fayette County: W. Ledbetter - 1506, H. Ledbetter - 1709. Bastrop Advertiser, 11/15/1873, col. 2, 11/29/1873, and 12/20/1873. Crediting Bastrop Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). December 20, 1873 November 15, 1873 November 29, 1873 November 8, 1873
  • Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • "Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic candidate for State Senator, is running against his father Hamilton Ledbetter, People's Convention candidate for same. Hamilton was also nominated as a candidate for same by the Republican Party." Abstracts from Bastrop Advertiser, 11/8/1873, Bastrop County. USGenWeb Project, 1996.


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Committee Information top

16th R.S. - 1879
Agricultural Affairs  
Agricultural and Mechanical College, Consider Report of the Joint Committee Appointed to Visit  
Contingent Expenses  
Educational Affairs (Chair) 
General Land Office  
Judiciary No. 2  
Military Affairs  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Revision of Code  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
15th R.S. - 1876
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
Federal Relations  
General Land Office  
Judiciary No. 1  
Military Affairs  
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
Stock and Stock Raising  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Department  

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