George Whitmore

George Washington Whitmore

Full Name: George Washington Whitmore
Date of birth: August 26, 1824
Date of death: October 14, 1876

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3)     Elysian Fields / Harrison   Harrison
H 15 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (4) (5)     Concord / Harrison   Harrison

(1) "After the demise of the Whig party during the mid-1850s, he became identified with the American (Know-Nothing) party, but he did not run for office again until 1859, [after the demise of the American party] when he won a seat in the Eighth Legislature as a supporter of Sam Houston." Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) [In late 1860 and early 1861] legislators Micajah Lewis Armstrong, John L. Haynes, and Robert H. Taylor mailed circulars to their constituencies defending their unpopular Unionist positions. They joined other Unionist legislators and convention delegates on February 6 in issuing an address entreating Texans to reject secession." "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 447. Journal of Southern History.
(3) 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.
(4) JONESVILLE, TX (HARRISON COUNTY). "Concord, a community [in Harrison county] one mile west of the old Border-Jonesville site and one mile north of the current community of Jonesville, had a post office of its own from 1850 to 1855 . . . The community apparently merged into Jonesville, and in 1988 only a cemetery and a historical marker were at the former site of Concord." Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Not present at organization of the House on 11/7/1853. Whitmore present and voting on 11/9/1853, p. 34. House Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, G.W. Whitmore, age 29, native state Tennessee, emigrated from Tennessee in 1848, lawyer, postoffice Concord, Harrison County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Unionist politician, pp. 164, 170, 173-175; opposition to secession, pp. 187-191; Civil War and Republican during Reconstruction, pp. 209-210, 278, 285, 292, 306-307. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1868. Included in "List of Delegates to the Reconstruction Convention, As Announced in Special order No. 213, Dated Headquarters Fifth Military District, New Orleans, LA., April 13th, 1868." Journal of the Reconstruction Convention, Which Met at Austin, Texas, June 1, A.D., 1868 (1870), pp 533-534. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.


  • Photograph. George Whitmore, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature

Committee Information top

8th R.S. - 1859
Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, Reward for Arrest of Certain Persons  
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
Internal Improvement  
5th R.S. - 1853
Enrolled Bills  
Private Land Claims No. 1  
Private Land Claims No. 2 (Chair) 

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