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Thomas Jefferson Towles

T.J. Towles
Full Name: Thomas Jefferson Towles
Birth date: December 29, 1843
Death date: January 21, 1909

Terms of Service

  • House, 21st (2) (5) (6) Legislature
    1/8/1889 - 1/13/1891
  • House, 15th (1) (3) (4) (7) Legislature
    4/18/1876 - 1/14/1879
(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Twenty-second District - The counties of Kaufman, Raines, Wood and Van Zandt shall elect two representatives; Kaufman to be the returning county." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives .
(3) T.J. Towles, Kaufman County [sic]. House Journal .
(4) Thomas J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(5) Democrat. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature 1889.
(6) T.H. Towles, Center. 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) Thomas J. Towles, Van Zandt County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries


Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - Thos. J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County, age 27, born circa 1843 in Georgia, "Sheriff of [V.Z.?] County," living in household with Nancy A. Towles (age 26).
    Census of 1880 - Thomas J. Towles, Canton, Van Zandt County, age 37, born circa 1843 in Georgia, retail grocer, wife Anna (age 36), daughters Minnie and Emera, and son Bonner. FamilySearch . 1880 1870
  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Company G, 3rd Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Thomas J. Towles, burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Canton, Van Zandt County. Historical marker, Thomas Jefferson Towles, birth date 12/29/1843 in Jones County, Georgia; death date 1/21/1909 in Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas. Includes reprint of obituary in the Wills Point Chronicle, 1/28/1909. Find a Grave .
  • TOWLES, THOMAS JEFFERSON (1843-1909). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biographical sketch, Thomas Jefferson Towles, birth date 12/29/1842. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 82-83, 32 years old in 1876, "resides in Canton, in Van Zandt county." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Capt. Thomas Jefferson Towles, pp. 136-137. Birth date 12/29/1849. Some History of Van Zandt County 1919.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 111-112. Texans Who Wore the Gray 1907.
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. Henderson County, TXGenWeb Project .
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