John Lane

John William Lane

Full Name: John William Lane
Date of birth: February 23, 1835
Date of death: September 16, 1888

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 21 Feb 9, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (1) (2)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Collin, Dallas, Tarrant

(1) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Qualified and took the oath of office on 2/9/1870. House Journal.
(2) Party affiliation, Democrat. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant, 18th Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, John W. Lane, birth date 2/23/1835, death date 9/16/1888, burial in Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County. Includes historical marker photo. Find a Grave.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - John W. Lane, Dallas County, age 35, born circa 1835 in Kentucky, Representative.
    Census of 1880 - J.W. Lane, Dallas, Dallas County, age 45, born circa 1835 in Kentucky, printer, wife S.E. Lane. FamilySearch. 1870 1880
  • "In its statistics of the House of Representatives, the State Journal says . . . The tallest member is Hon. B.F. Williams, of Colorado, who measures six feet two inches. The shortest is Hon. Wm. Schlotman, of Washington, five feet, three inches. The heavy man is Hon. J.W. Lane, Democrat, of Dallas, who carries 240 pounds without seeming to mind it." 5/29/1870, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • Dallas County Probate Case 1223: Lane, John W. (Deceased), 1888/9/11-1889/3/7, crediting Dallas Genealogical Society. Death date 9/16/1888 (p. 12). Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Historical marker, John W. Lane, Masonic section of Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County. "As State Representative (1869-1872), Lane ensured the future development of Dallas by amending legislation in 1871 that changed the route of the Texas and Pacific Railroad." Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).


  • Photograph. John Lane, 12th Legislature, Austin History Center

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

12th Adjourned - 1871
Internal Improvements  
12th R.S. - 1871
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Huntsville Penitentiary, Select (Chair) 
Printing and Contingent Expenses  
12th Provisional - 1870
Printing and Contigent Expenses  

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