Legislative Reference Library of Texas About the library Site Index
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research

LRL Home - Legislators and Leaders - Texas Legislators: Past & Present - Member profile

John Harcourt
Full Name: John Thomas Harcourt
Date of birth: September 6, 1825
Date of death: July 15, 1903

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 22 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (1)     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Wharton
S 22 Nov 4, 1861 - Nov 2, 1863 9th (2) (3)     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Wharton

(1) 10th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 11/2/1863, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the short term" (two years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Portrait, John T. Harcourt, District 22; Chairman, Judiciary Committee. Senate Journal.
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Judge John T. Harcourt, pp. 359-360. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • John Thomas Harcourt, grave marker photos and biographical sketch; 1860 elected to the state senate from the counties of Fayette, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton, moved to Weatherford 1883. burial in City Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County. Find a Grave.
  • Other Resources
  • Announcement of John T. Harcourt as a candidate for District Judge of the 1st Judicial District, 5/23/1866, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • Essay on Hon. John T. Harcourt recommending his appointment as United States Senator by the Legislature, author unknown, Colorado. Columbus, 7/26/1866, printed 8/2/1866, p. 1. Describes Harcourt's term in the Texas Senate; "the journals show him to have been one of the most attentive, zealous and energetic members of that body." Galveston Daily News.
  • Lists John T. Harcourt, State Senator during the Confederacy, as unsuccessful candidate for district judge on 6/25/1866, and a "longtime Democratic party activist who remained an active conservative through Reconstruction." "The District Judges of Texas in 1866-1867: An Episode in the Failure of Presidential Reconstruction," Vol. 93, No. 3, January 1990, p. 362. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Military service in Confederacy, p. 13. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Committee Informationtop
    10th R.S. - 1863
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Military Board  
    Public Lands  
    Revision of Rules  
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Anderson County Manufacture of Iron  
    Confederate Relations  
    Flags of 4th and 5th Texas Regiments  
    Indian Affairs  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Printing and Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Private Land Claims  
    State Affairs  

    This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

    Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

    Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.