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William John Darden

Full Name: William John Darden
Birth date: June 12, 1825
Death date: May 29, 1881

Terms of Service

  • House, 10th Legislature
    11/2/1863 - 8/6/1866
  • House, 6th (1) Legislature
    11/5/1855 - 11/2/1857
(1) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings." The party was active in Texas at the state level between 1855 and 1857. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414, 416-417. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Mentions William John Darden. Part 9. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas .
  • Census of 1850 - Wm. J. Darden, Houston, Harris County, age 25, born circa 1825 in Virginia, lawyer.
    Census of 1860 - W. J. Darden, Colorado County, age 35, born circa 1825 in Virginia, attorney at law.
    Census of 1870 - William J. Darden, Columbus, Colorado County, age 45, born circa 1825 in Virginia, lawyer. FamilySearch . 1860 1870
  • 1850
  • William J. Darden, birth date 6/12/1825, death date missing from headstone, burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, Colorado County. Includes portrait. Find a Grave .
  • Death notice, "Texas Facts and Fancies," Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin), 6/9/1881, p. 4. "Judge W.J. Darden, a prominent citizen and eminent lawyer of Columbus." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • "In 1861 he entered the military service of the Confederacy as a private soldier in the Fifth Texas infantry, which formed a portion of General Hood's renowned Texas brigade." "William J. Darden," Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas, 1880, p. 167. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .

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