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John Garland Brown

J.G. Brown
Full Name: John Garland Brown
Birth date: January 10, 1810
Death date: April 25, 1891

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 11th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
(1) "In 1873 a county centered geographically and politically on Longview was proposed; it was to take pieces from Upshur, Rusk, and Harrison counties. Longview became the county seat. When the Rusk portion turned out smaller than hoped and the Harrison part proved unattainable, Longview was left very near one edge of a small and peculiarly shaped Gregg County." Handbook of Texas Online . GREGG COUNTY
(2) Camden, Rusk County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) 11th Legislature - All 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials, oath of office administered, 8/6/1866, pp. 2, 4-5. Senate Journal .
(4) Henderson, Rusk County. Senate Journal .
(5) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
(6) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: J.G. Brown, Henderson, Rusk County, nativity Virginia, farmer, age 50 in 1866 (born circa 1816). Senate Journal .


  • Photograph. J.G. Brown, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - John G. Brown, Beat No. 8, Cotton Plant post office, Rusk County, age 50, born circa 1810 in Virginia, farmer.
    Census of 1870 - John G. Brown, Precinct No. 3, Henderson post office, Rusk County, age 60, born circa 1810 in Virginia, farmer.
    Census of 1880 - J.G. Brown, Precinct No. 5, Gregg County, age 70, born circa 1810 in Virginia, farmer. FamilySearch . 1890 1860
  • 1870
  • J.G. Brown, birth date 1/10/1810, death date 4/15/1891, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Longview, Gregg County. Find a Grave .
  • John Garland Brown and wife Francina Rodes Brown came to Danville community in 1850, which was then in Rusk County. "John Garland Brown was educated in the University of Virginia where he was a roommate with Edgar Allan Poe . . . He later served in the Texas Senate from Rusk county." Photos and story of the Brown family as written by Robert Garland Brown III of Carthage, "'B' Browns Trace Family History Back Long Way," 7/20/1973, p. 13-C. Longview Daily News .
  • Obituaries, Colonel J.G. Brown, Galveston Daily News, 4/28/1891, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium; and Fort Worth Gazette, 4/30/1891, p. 5: "He was Gregg county's first representative, and previous was a state senator in 1865." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . April 30, 1891 April 28, 1891

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