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William Caven William John Caven
Full Name: William John Caven
Other surnames: Cavin
Date of birth: October 27, 1833
Date of death: July 25, 1907

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 15 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (5) (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 79 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (9) (10) (11)   Democrat Marshall / Harrison   Cherokee, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Shelby
(1) Home county, Harrison. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
(2) Rusk County. House Journal.
(3) Marshall, Harrison County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) W.J. Cavin. Postoffice, Marshall. Rules of Order of the House of Representatives of the Nineteenth Legislature, 1885.
(5) L.P. Wilson represented the 14th district; W.J. Cavin represented the 15th district. 18th Legislature. House Journal.
(6) William J. Caven represented the 15th district; Louis P. Wilson represented the 14th. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(8) Roster shows Caven represented the 15th district; bio shows the 14th. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
(9) Caven elected as floater, p. 1, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(10) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(11) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • CAVEN, WILLIAM JOHN (1833-1907). "He continued to live in Marshall and represented the Fourteenth District in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth legislatures." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch; Caven was affiliated with the Democratic party. Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas, 1892, pp. 426-427, crediting Dallas Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, W.J. Caven, p. 252. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel. "Col. W.J. Caven . . . brave Confederate officer in the army of Tennessee." Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Confederate States Army, Company A, 3rd Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Biographical sketch, pp. 282-284. Resolution in memory of William J. Caven presented to Sterling Price Camp No. 31, U.C.V. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Other Resources
  • William J. Caven, birth date 10/27/1933, death date 7/25/1907, interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. Find a Grave.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William Caven, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. William Caven, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William Caven, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 19th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Agricultural (Chair) 
    Penitentiaries  
    State Affairs  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
    Contingent Expenses  
    Penitentiaries  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Claims and Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Senatorial and Representative Districts  
    State Affairs  
     

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