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Benjamin Johnson Forbes

B.J. Forbes
Full Name: Benjamin Johnson Forbes
Birth date: May 19, 1872
Death date: January 7, 1954

Terms of Service

  • House, 42nd Legislature
    1/13/1931 - 1/10/1933
  • House, 41st Legislature
    1/8/1929 - 1/13/1931
  • House, 40th Legislature
    1/11/1927 - 1/8/1929
  • House, 39th (1) (2) Legislature
    9/13/1926 - 1/11/1927
(1) Benjamin J. Forbes, in special election 1/5/1926, sworn 9/13/1926, succeeded Fine G. Bedford, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(2) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in subsequent Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles


Other Resources

  • Census of 1930 - B.J. Forbes, Parker County, preacher, age 57, born circa 1873 in Missouri, wife Minnie, daughter Jewel. FamilySearch .
  • Benjamin Johnson Forbes, birth date 5/19/1872 in Petts [Pettis] County, Missouri; death date 1/7/1954 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; minister. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • B.J. Forbes, birth date 5/19/1872, death date 1/7/1954, burial in Spring Creek Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County. Includes obituaries from Firm Foundation, 3/23/1954 (Benjamin Johnson Forbes), and unknown source ("Famed 'Horseback' Pastor Dies"). Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, "Who's Who and What's What in the Texas Legislature," by Ed Kilman, 2/6/1929, p. 9. Houston Post-Dispatch .
  • Biographical sketch and photo of Benjamin Johnson Forbes and his horse Ollie, "Horseback Preacher Still Rides Circuit Carrying the Word of God," The Winkler County News (Kermit, Texas), 11/25/1948, p. 13, crediting Winkler County Library. "A native of Pettus County, Mo. [Missouri], Forbes came to Collin County, Texas in 1889 . . . Brown-eyed Brother Forbes was Parker County's representative in the Texas Legislature from 1926 to 1932."
    Obituary, B.J. Forbes, "Colorful Pastor Will Be Buried in Weatherford," Cleburne Times-Review, 1/8/1954, p. 4, crediting Johnson County Historical Collective. "Forbes was elected in 1926 to fill an unexpired term in the state legislature and was re-elected for two consecutive terms thereafter. During one of his campaigns, he rode horseback about the countryside seeking votes." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . November 25, 1948 January 8, 1954
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