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John Henry Brown

John Henry Brown
Full Name: John Henry Brown
Birth date: October 29, 1820
Death date: May 31, 1895

Terms of Service

  • House, 13th Legislature
    1/14/1873 - 1/13/1874
  • House, 7th (1) (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    11/2/1857 - 2/17/1858
  • House, 6th Legislature
    11/5/1855 - 11/2/1857
(1) Thomas McKinney Jack elected, but never served during a legislative session; succeeded John Henry Brown, who resigned during the interim, sometime after 2/16/1858. Handbook of Texas Online .
(2) Brown present and voting through the end of the session, 2/16/1858. Exact date of resignation unknown. House Journal .
(3) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(4) Members of the Seventh Legislature, Biographical Notes - Members, April 1937 issue. Southern Historical Research Magazine 1937.

Biographical Notes and Resources


  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.
  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Confederate States Army, enlistment rank Captain, enlistment date 7/1/1863. John Henry Brown, portrait, born 1820 in Pike County, Missouri, died 1895 in Dallas County, Texas, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com .
  • Mentioned on p. 831 of biographical sketch of Ex-Governor James W. Throckmorton, pp. 831-833. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families 1889.
  • Confederate States Army, Major, 6th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, John Henry Brown, birth date 10/29/1820, death date 5/31/1895, portrait, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. Find a Grave .
  • BROWN, JOHN HENRY (1820-1895). Brown served in the legislature for three terms. "Tired and suffering from ill health," Brown moved in 1858 to Belton. Served as Mayor of both Galveston and Dallas. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in JACK, THOMAS MCKINNEY (1831-1880). "In 1858 [Jack] was elected to the House of Representatives after the resignation of John Henry Brown." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biographical sketch states that John Henry Brown served in the legislature before and after a two-term stint as mayor of Galveston, p. 129. History of Texas Together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston and Galveston 1895.
  • Portrait and biography. Brown "represented Galveston County in the state legislature from 1855-1857. Then in 1859, he moved to Belton . . . He moved to Dallas in 1871 and two years later was again elected to the state legislature." Lone Star Junction 1995.
  • Roster includes separate entries for John H. Brown, who served in the 13th legislature, and John Henry Brown, who served in the 6th and 7th legislatures. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
  • "In January, 1858, Major Brown retired" from the Civilian and Galveston Gazette, p. 386. Ben C. Stuart, "Hamilton Stuart: Pioneer Editor," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4, April 1918, pp. 381-388, crediting Texas State Historical Association. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • John Henry Brown. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Delegate to Secession Convention of Texas, 1861. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861. Edited from the original in the department of state by Ernest William Winkler, State Librarian. Texas Library and Historical Commission, the State Library. Austin: Austin Print. Co., 1912, pp. 20-22. Originally published serially in newspapers. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1875. Included in Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas: Begun and Held at the City of Austin Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875). Galveston : Printed for the Convention at the "News" Office, 1875, pp. 3-4. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
  • Biographical sketch, Colonel John Henry Brown, pp. 131-134. The Encyclopedia of the New West 1881.
  • Mentioned in excerpt of Chapter 1, "The Music of Cracking Necks: Dallas Civilization and Its Discontents." White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 2006.
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