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James M. Swisher James Monroe Swisher
Full Name: James Monroe Swisher
Date of birth: March 22, 1822
Date of death: March 27, 1903

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 66 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2) (3)   Republican Austin / Travis   Blanco, Travis
(1) J.M. Swisher, Travis County. House Journal.
(2) Monroe J. Swisher. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Monroe J. Swisher. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, James M. Swisher, 54 years of age in 1876 (born 1822?), pp. 134-135. "Though it is probable Mr. Swisher has been a Democrat in days long gone by, he is now a Republican. He ran as an independent, coming out at the last hour against the Democratic nominee, and was elected by a majority of 174 votes." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Mexican War, soldier under Ben McCulloch. Texas Rangers, Captain, 1870-1871 on the frontier. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1860 - J.M. Swisher, Austin, Travis County, age 41, exchange booker, born in Tennessee.
    Census of 1880 - James M. Swisher, Austin, Travis County, age 58, born in Tennessee, spouse Mary, children Milton, Mary, Emma, Charly, Josephine, Isabella, and Michael. One M.J. Swisher in 1880 - born in Georgia, however.
    Census of 1900 - James M. Swisher, Travis County, age 78, born March 1822 in Tennessee, spouse Mary A., children Milton, Charley, Jossie, and Isabell. FamilySearch. 1860 1880 1900
  • Capt. James Monroe Swisher, birth date 3/22/1822 in Williamson County, Tennessee; death date 3/27/1903 in Austin, Travis County. Husband of Adelaid Byrd (Addie) Wells; Husband of Mary Annie Neemann; Salt Maker, Farmer, Indian Fighter and TX State Senator [sic]. Interment in White Rock Cemetery, Bee Cave, Travis County. Find a Grave.
  • 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.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. James M. Swisher, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections  

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