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William G.W. Jowers William George Washington Jowers
Full Name: William George Washington Jowers
Date of birth: 1812
Date of death: June 30, 1892

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 11 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (1) (2) (3) (4)     Parkersville / Anderson   Anderson, Houston, Trinity
S 11 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (5)     Palestine / Anderson   Anderson, Houston, Trinity
S 12 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (6) (7)     Palestine / Anderson   Anderson, Houston
H 5 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Unknown / Houston   Anderson, Houston
H 18 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (8)     Unknown / Houston   Anderson, Houston
(1) 11th Legislature - 8/6/1866 (First Day), pp. 2, 4, all 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials. "Upon calling the roll of Districts, the following Senators responded and presented their credentials." Senate Journal.
(2) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(3) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection in 1866 - "Thirty-three senators were elected to the Eleventh Legislature," p. 58. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(5) 10th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1863, p. 1, listed as Senator elect, took oath. "...the roll of Senators was called when the following gentlemen Senators elect came forward, presented their credentials and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution, the same having been administered by Honorable R.T. Wheeler, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court." Senate Journal.
(6) Roster of members elect of the 5th Legislature, state elections, 1853. Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 8/20/1853, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) 5th Legislature - 11/7/1853, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(8) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, W.G.W. Jowers, [age 44] in 1853, native state North Carolina, emigrated from Mississippi, physician, postoffice Palestine, Anderson County, p. 457. House Journal.
  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age in 1866. Senate Journal.
  • Name listed in Senate roster, G.W.G. Jowers. W.G.W. Jowers in opening day of session, p. 1. Senate Journal.
  • Senate Journal
    Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, W.G.W. Jowers, p. 475. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Biography, pp. 45-47. "He practiced medicine in Palestine till 1848, when he was sent to the Legislature. For sixteen years thereafter he was kept in public office, as representative or senator." Centennial History of Anderson County Texas, Showing the Development of this Important County. . ., 1936.
  • JOWERS, WILLIAM GEORGE WASHINGTON (1812-1892). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 244, born in 1812. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Other Resources
  • Jowers was known to be favored by the Know-Nothing party, "if not actually selected and put forward by that party," during the campaign of 1855, pp. 37-38. Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897, 1986.
  • Judge W.G.W. Jowers, birth date unknown, died 6/30/1892, a physician, legislator, State Senator, and county Judge, interment in Palestine City Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson County. Find a Grave.
  • Account of a campaign exchange between Isaac Parker and Dr. J.W. Jowers, p. 4-10. Historical Sketch of Parker County and Weatherford Texas. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Mentioned in "The making of a secessionist: the antebellum career of Roger Q. Mills," p. 133. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Nominated for Lieutenant Governor by Know-Nothings, 6/11/1855, p. 257. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Dr. William George Washington Jowers, Senator in 5th Legislature and running mate on the Know-Nothing ticket in 1855, p. 34. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William G.W. Jowers, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 11th session composite photo of Senate members (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History). By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Committee Informationtop
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
    Jefferson Davis, Petition to Release, Select  
    Lunatic Asylum, Select  
    State Affairs  
    10th R.S. - 1863
    Confederate Relations  
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Military Affairs  
    Military Board  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Land Office  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands (Chair) 
    Rules  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Apportionment, Special  
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Quieting Land Titles West of the Nueces River, Governor's Message  
    Santa Fe, Prepare Remonstrance and Protest Against the Further Continuance of a Military Government in  
    State Affairs  
     

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