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John Harcourt

Full Name: John Thomas Harcourt
Birth date: September 6, 1825
Death date: July 15, 1903

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 10th (1) Legislature
    11/2/1863 - 8/6/1866
  • Senate, 9th (2) (3) Legislature
    11/4/1861 - 11/2/1863
(1) 10th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 11/2/1863, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(2) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the short term" (two years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Portrait, John T. Harcourt, District 22; Chairman, Judiciary Committee. Senate Journal .
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal .

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, Judge John T. Harcourt, pp. 359-360. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families 1889.
  • John Thomas Harcourt, grave marker photos and biographical sketch; 1860 elected to the state senate from the counties of Fayette, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton, moved to Weatherford 1883. burial in City Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County. Find a Grave .
  • Announcement of John T. Harcourt as a candidate for District Judge of the 1st Judicial District, 5/23/1866, p. 2. Galveston Daily News .
  • Essay on Hon. John T. Harcourt recommending his appointment as United States Senator by the Legislature, author unknown, Colorado. Columbus, 7/26/1866, printed 8/2/1866, p. 1. Describes Harcourt's term in the Texas Senate; "the journals show him to have been one of the most attentive, zealous and energetic members of that body." Galveston Daily News .
  • Lists John T. Harcourt, State Senator during the Confederacy, as unsuccessful candidate for district judge on 6/25/1866, and a "longtime Democratic party activist who remained an active conservative through Reconstruction." "The District Judges of Texas in 1866-1867: An Episode in the Failure of Presidential Reconstruction," Vol. 93, No. 3, January 1990, p. 362. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
  • Military service in Confederacy, p. 13. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
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