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John Mitchell

John Mitchell
Full Name: John Mitchell
Birth date: April 1837
Death date: April 10, 1921

Terms of Service

  • House, 14th (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    1/13/1874 - 4/18/1876
    Republican
  • House, 12th (5) (6) (7) Legislature
    5/9/1870 - 1/14/1873
     
(1) District 16 comprised of Washington and Burleson counties, shall elect one Senator and three Representatives; District 17 comprised of Falls, Milam, and Bell counties, shall elect one Senator and three Representatives, p. 45, Acts 1873, 13th Legislature, ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) 16th District, Republican, p. 5. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . . 1874.
(3) 17th District, list of members elect in typescript journal. House Journal .
(4) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - No record of Mitchell voting or taking the oath of office. 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Mitchell sworn on 5/9/1870, p. 83. House Journal .
(5) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(6) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(7) Radical Republican Association, established 6/4/1870, p. 26. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 2016.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

Photographs

  • Photograph. John Mitchell, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Mitchell, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.
  • Photograph. John Mitchell, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Biographical information in Alwyn Barr, "Black Legislators of Reconstruction Texas," Volume 32, Number 4, December 1986, pp. 340-352. Civil War History .
  • One of six African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1875, Volume II, p. 732. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers 1940.
  • John Mitchell, born circa 1836-1837 in Tennessee, died 1921, historical marker photo, burial in Mitchell Family Cemetery, Gus, Burleson County. Find a Grave .
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas 2002.
  • Mentioned in footnote 5, p. 264, Gideon Lincecum, 1793-1874: a Biography, by Lois Wood Burkhalter. "During the Reconstruction, Negroes found their military and political services in demand by the Texas Republican Party." Google Books .
  • MITCHELL, JOHN (1837-1921). Born April 1837 in Tennessee, died 4/10/1921 at his Burleson County farm. "He joined the Radical Republican Association, organized to uphold Governor Edmund J. Davis's vetoes of railroad-development bills during the Twelfth Legislature." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • John Mitchell, text of historical marker at Caldwell, Burleson County Courthouse. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 21. One of six African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1875, pp. 51-52, Appendix A. Birth year 1837, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 2016.

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