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William Tilson William Tilson
Full Name: William Harrison Tilson
Date of birth: March 26, 1837
Date of death: October 6, 1909

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 5 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)   16th (6) (7)   Democrat Texarkana / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris
H 8 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)   Democrat Boston / Bowie   Bowie, Marion, Davis (Cass)
(1) Hightower's district 4, Tilson's district 5 Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Hightower does not have district number listed with roll call, Tilson district 4, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(4) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(5) Hightower's district 4, Tilson's district 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(6) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(7) 16th Legislature - 1/14/1879, p. 1. Listed as one of the "newly elected senators, approached the president's desk and took the oath of office prescribed by the constitution." Senate Journal.
(8) Boston, Bowie County. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(9) Boston is the county seat of Bowie County, though the county courthouse is actually located in New Boston. The original Boston, now Old Boston, was the county seat from Bowie County's organization in 1841 to the mid-1880s when it was briefly relocated to Texarkana. Handbook of Texas Online.
Handbook of Texas Online
(10) Census of 1860 - William H. H. Tilson, age 23, De Kalb Post Office, Bowie County. Census of 1870 - William H. Tilson, age 33, Boston Post Office, Bowie County. Census of 1880 - William H. Tilson, age 43, Texarkana 1-PCT, Bowie County. Census of 1900 - William Tilson, age 63, Texarkana 3-WD, Bowie County. HeritageQuest Online.
(11) Boston, Cass County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(12) Home county, Cass. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • TILSON, WILLIAM HARRISON (1837-1909). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biography, p. 240. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Other Resources
  • W.H. Tilson, birth date 3/26/1837, death date 10/6/1909, interment in Read Hill Cemetery, New Boston, Bowie County. Find a Grave.
  • Born in 1837; died 10/6/1909. Tilson Geneaology, 1911.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William Tilson, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. William Tilson, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William Tilson, 17th 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.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • 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
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Educational Affairs  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Committee Rooms  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Educational Affairs  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penitentiary  
    Private Land Claims  
    State Affairs  
    Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Land Office, Examine Books and Railroad Certificates  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Redistricting  
    State Cemetery (Chair) 
    Tax Laws, Laws Regulating Fees of Office, and Costs Arising in Judicial Proceedings  
    Towns and City Corporations  
     

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