John M. McDonald

John Matthews McDonald

Full Name: John Matthews McDonald
Date of birth: 1827
Date of death: April 14, 1883

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Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 4 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Athens / Henderson   Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt

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House District 4
Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874
Legislatures: 13th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: Athens / Henderson
Counties in district: Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt

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Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company G, 3rd State Troops, Texas Infantry. John Matthew McDonald, death date 4/14/1883; widow Mary E. McDonald, marriage date 11/17/1858 in Cherokee County. Pension File No. 45726 (Mary E. McDonald), Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Pension file includes appointment as "Provost Marshal" for Henderson County written 6/24/1862, furlough written 1864.

Other Resources

  • "Honoring Athens First Mayor," by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, U.S. House of Representatives, 4/6/2006. John Matthews McDonald was "first known Mayor of Athens, Texas." Volume 152, Number 44, Friday, 4/7/2006, p. E565. Congressional Record.
  • John Matthews McDonald, birth 1827 in Moore County, North Carolina; death date 4/14/1883 in Athens, Henderson County, Texas. Member of 13th Texas Legislature. Descendants of James Mor Macdonald, IX: James McDonald Family of Moore County, North Carolina, 2007.
  • J.M. McDonald, Athens, Henderson County, born in North Carolina, lawyer, age 45. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • John M. McDonald (1827-1883), burial in Athens Cemetery, Henderson County. Includes historical marker photo. Find a Grave.
  • Historical marker, John Matthews McDonald, Athens Cemetery, Athens, Henderson County. "He held the offices of justice of the peace, county judge and state representative." Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. Henderson County, TXGenWeb Project.


  • Photograph. John M. McDonald, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. John McDonald, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Claims and Accounts  
Judge T.C. Barden, 16th Judicial Court  
Judiciary No. 2  
Lampasas County Disturbance  
Military Affairs  

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