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James W. Motley

J.W. Motley
Full Name: James W. Motley
Birth date: September 3, 1836
Death date: June 4, 1887

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 16th (1) & 15th (2) (3) (4) Legislatures
    4/18/1876 - 1/11/1881
(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(2) Henderson, Rusk County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "long term" (four years). Senate Journal . April 14, 1876
April 27, 1876
(4) Biographical sketch, John W. Motley, p. 227. 15th Legislature - "When the conflict [Civil War] was over and he had returned to his home in Overton, his fellow citizens elected him to the Senate as a Democrat." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch in biography of son, Robert A. Motley, p. 2462. "Dr. James W. Motley, who during the seventies represented Rusk county in the Texas State Senate. . ." A History of Texas and Texans 1914.
  • Census of 1870 - James W. Motley, Rusk County, age 34, born circa 1836 in Alabama, physician and farmer, in household with Ann Motley.
    Census of 1880 - J.W. Motley, Overton, Rusk County, age 43, born circa 1837 in Alabama, physician, wife Ann. FamilySearch . 1870 1880
  • Confederal States Army, Assistant Surgeon, 17 Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, James W. Motley, M.D., birth date 9/3/1837, death date 6/4/1887, burial in Overton City Cemetery, Overton, Rusk County. Find a Grave .
  • Possibly "De Motley, the Second District," sic, biographical sketch in "The State Capital: extending the international railroad to Austin - personal notices of Senators elect," 2/27/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
  • John W. Motley. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
  • Death notice, "Dr. J.W. Motley," The Galveston Daily News, 6/5/1887, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. ". . .state senator from this district in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth legislatures. . ." Date of death 6/4/1887. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Confederate States Army, James W. Motley, assistant surgeon, 17th Texas Regiment. United States War Department, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 2, Volume 5, p. 344, crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, J.W. Motley, pp. 8-9. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, John W. Motley, pp. 239-240. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
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