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James Wesson Parker

J. Wesson Parker
Full Name: James Wesson Parker
Birth date: September 15, 1847
Death date: March 29, 1891

Terms of Service

  • House, 21st (1) (6) Legislature
    1/8/1889 - 1/13/1891
    Democrat
  • House, 20th (2) (3) (4) (5) (7) Legislature
    1/11/1887 - 1/8/1889
    Democrat
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives .
(2) Waller County. House Journal .
(3) Richmond, Fort Bend County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) "Democratic member of the House of Representatives . . . the first Democratic Representative from Fort Bend county since the war," p. 164. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature 1887.
(5) James Wesson Parker, Richmond. Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(6) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(7) Fort Bend County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources

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Other Resources

  • James Wesson Parker, Democrat, lawyer, age 41 in 1889, born in Texas. Card File .
  • Mentioned in "Curtain Rung Down. The Last Actor in a Noted Tragedy Passes Away," 4/19/1891, p. 3. Galveston Daily News .
  • "Judge J.W. Parker died Sunday morning of pneumonia," 4/1/1891, p. 4. Galveston Daily News .
  • Mentioned in the JAYBIRD-WOODPECKER WAR. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 179-180. "He was just twenty-one when he began his career as Justice of the Peace in 1869." Wharton's History of Fort Bend County. HeritageQuest Online .
  • Description of the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, including an account of Wesson Parker's gunfight with Guilf Gibson, his indictment for murder, and his death "in the latter days of March, 1891," p. 191-219. Wharton's History of Fort Bend County. HeritageQuest Online .
  • Mentioned in "Shot Dead in Court: Violent Death of a Nephew of the Late Judge Terry," 1/22/1890, p. 1. New York Times .
  • Confederate States Army. Biographical sketch, J. Wesson Parker, pp. 164-165. Born 9/15/1847 in Fort Bend County. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature 1887.
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