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William Felton Upton

W.F. Upton
Full Name: William Felton Upton
Birth date: August 31, 1832
Death date: February 7, 1887

Terms of Service

  • House, 19th (7) Legislature
    1/13/1885 - 1/11/1887
  • House, 18th (8) Legislature
    1/9/1883 - 1/13/1885
  • House, 17th (1) (9) Legislature
    1/11/1881 - 1/9/1883
  • House, 16th (2) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 1/11/1881
  • House, 11th (3) (4) (5) (6) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News .
(2) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(3) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(4) "In 1853 Upton moved to Texas and became a farmer and store owner in the Blum Hill community, west of Foerster's Creek in southern Fayette County . . In 1859 he was joined by his older brother who took charge of the farming operations while William concentrated on the mercantile business in the community, which by 1858 was called High Hill." Handbook of Texas Online .
(5) LaGrange, Fayette County. House Journal .
(6) High Hill, Fayette County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(7) Served as chairman of the 1884 Democratic State Convention. Platforms of Political Parties in Texas 1916.
(8) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas 1883.
(9) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas 1881.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Memorial committee and resolution, memorial communication spread upon the Journal from Chief Clerk Will Lambert, 20th Legislature, R.S., 2/8/1887-2/9/1887, pp. 289, 297, 301. House Journal .


Other Resources

  • Hon. W.F. Upton, mentioned as introducing a bill for an appropriation for a monument for fallen heroes, Vol. 1, pp. 705-706. "In the eighteenth legislature the county of Fayette was represented by Hons. W. F. Upton and A. J. Rosenthal. . . they introduced a bill requesting an appropriation for the erection of a monument at La Grange to the memory of the Mier Prisoners who were shot at Salado, state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and whose remains had been brought to Texas in 1848 and interred at La Grange; and to Dawson and his men, who, in 1842, were massacred by the Mexicans after surrender, near the Salado River, Bexar County, Texas, and whose bones had been interred in the same vault with the Mier Prisoners." A Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897 .
  • Col. William F. Upton (1832-1887), burial in Schulenburg City Cemetery, Schulenburg, Fayette County. Includes historical marker photo. Find a Grave .
  • UPTON, WILLIAM FELTON (1832-1887). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biographical sketch, W.F. Upton, p. 57. Born 1832 in Winchester, Tennessee. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature 1885.
  • Obituary, "Col. W.F. Upton Dead," LaGrange Journal, 2/10/1887, p. 3, crediting Fayette Public Library, Museum and Archives. Member of the 12th [sic], 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Legislatures. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • William Felton Upton. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Historical marker, Col. William F. Upton, Schulenburg City Cemetery, Schulenburg, Fayette County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .
  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Mann's (Bradford's) Texas Cavalry Regiment. Biographical sketch, pp. 30, 123. Texas in the War, 1861-1865 1965.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 268. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 264-265. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83 1883.
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