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William James Townsend, Sr.

W.J. Towsend
Full Name: William James Townsend, Sr.
Other surnames: Towsend
Birth date: February 27, 1850
Death date: January 18, 1916

Terms of Service

  • House, 24th Legislature
    1/8/1895 - 1/12/1897
  • House, 23rd Legislature
    1/10/1893 - 1/8/1895

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • W.J. Townsend, Sr., birth date 2/27/1850, death date 1/18/1916, burial in Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County. Find a Grave .
  • "Imboden Says No: He Will Not Run for Congress on His Hog Law Record," 10/7/1893, p. 5. Mentions Representative Townsend of Angelina as "legitimate parent" of law making theft of a hog a felony. Galveston Daily News .
  • William J. Townsend. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
  • Obituary, "Judge W.J. Townsend Sr. Died at Home in Lufkin," The Houston Post, 1/19/1916, p. 3. Born 2/27/1850, "moved to Angelina county while a young man." Relatives: W.J. Townsend, Sr. - father; W.J. Townsend, Jr., state senator from Jacksonville - son. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Death notices, Judge W.J. Townsend, Sr., "Lufkin Jurist Passes Away" and "Judge Townsend Dead," Palestine Daily Herald, 1/19/1916, pp. 1, 5, crediting Palestine Public Library. "He represented this county in the legislature in 1890," son Senator W.J. Townsend, Jr. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . 1/19/1916, p. 1 1/19/1916, p. 5
  • William James and Davila (Gilliand) Townsend, parents of William James Townsend, Jr., of Lufkin, "Scrappy Little Man Is W.J. Townsend Jr.," The Daily Express (San Antonio, Texas), 2/19/1911, p. 39, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
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