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James H. Armstrong James H. Armstrong
Full Name: James H. Armstrong
Date of birth: 1811
Date of death: December 21, 1879

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 1 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Beaumont / Jefferson   Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Tyler
S 23 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (1) (2)     Georgetown / Williamson   Bell, Falls, McLennan, Milam, Williamson
S 23 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (3) (4) (5)     Georgetown / Williamson   Bell, Falls, McLennan, Milam, Williamson
S 14 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (6) (7)     Georgetown / Williamson   Brazos, Burleson, Leon, Milam, Robertson, Williamson
H Jefferson Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd     Beaumont / Jefferson   Jefferson
(1) 6th Legislature - Not present at the organization of the Senate. First mentioned in appointments to Senate committees, 11/6/1855, p. 6. Senate Journal.
(2) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(3) 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).
(4) 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.
(5) 5th Legislature - "In part due to the redistricting and the increase in the number of members, the returning senators found themselves a minority of six: James H. Armstrong, Joseph H. Burks, Rufus Doane, Hardin Hart, William T. Scott, and M.D.K. Taylor," pp. 241, 243. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(6) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(7) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1851, p. 3. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by Districts, the following gentlemen appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, James Armstrong, age 42 in 1853, native state Kentucky, emigrated from Indiana, lawyer, postoffice Georgetown, Williamson County, p. 457. House Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 44-45. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • ARMSTRONG, JAMES (ca. 1811-1879), moved from Jasper to Beaumont ca. 1841, "elected to the House of the Second Legislature from Jefferson County . . . moved in 1848 to Williamson County . . . returned to Beaumont about 1868." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of William P. May, Volume IV, pp. 1919-1920. Armstrong, grandfather of William P. May, was a member of the 4th and 9th Congresses in addition to serving in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 13th legislatures. A History of Texas and Texans, 1916.
  • Other Resources
  • Includes separate entries for James Armstrong, a member of the 2nd and 13th Legislatures and James H. Armstrong, a member of the 4th and 9th Congresses as well as the 4th - 6th Legislatures. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Name listed, James H. Armstrong, 5th and 6th Legislature, Senate. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Born in 1812. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. James H. Armstrong, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. James H. Armstrong, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Impeachment Managers, Judge William Chambers, 1st Judicial District (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Redistricting  
    Tax Laws, Laws Regulating Fees of Office, and Costs Arising in Judicial Proceedings  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Constitutional Amendments, Select  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Indian Affairs  
    Judiciary  
    Land Frauds, Select  
    Public Lands  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Indian Affairs  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary  
    Land Office (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Apportionment  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Judiciary  
    Land Titles West of the Nueces, Select  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands (Chair) 
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Judiciary  
    Land Office  
     

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