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George Washington Whitmore

George Whitmore
Full Name: George Washington Whitmore
Birth date: August 26, 1824
Death date: October 14, 1876

Terms of Service

  • House, 8th (2) (4) (5) Legislature
    11/7/1859 - 11/4/1861
  • House, 5th (1) (3) Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
(1) JONESVILLE, TX (HARRISON COUNTY). "Concord, a community [in Harrison county] one mile west of the old Border-Jonesville site and one mile north of the current community of Jonesville, had a post office of its own from 1850 to 1855 . . . The community apparently merged into Jonesville, and in 1988 only a cemetery and a historical marker were at the former site of Concord." Handbook of Texas Online .
(2) "After the demise of the Whig party during the mid-1850s, he became identified with the American (Know-Nothing) party, but he did not run for office again until 1859, [after the demise of the American party] when he won a seat in the Eighth Legislature as a supporter of Sam Houston." Handbook of Texas Online .
(3) Not present at organization of the House on 11/7/1853. Whitmore present and voting on 11/9/1853, p. 34. House Journal .
(4) [In late 1860 and early 1861] legislators Micajah Lewis Armstrong, John L. Haynes, and Robert H. Taylor mailed circulars to their constituencies defending their unpopular Unionist positions. They joined other Unionist legislators and convention delegates on February 6 in issuing an address entreating Texans to reject secession." "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 447. Journal of Southern History .
(5) Included in "Table II, Constitutional Unionists (Identified from newspapers) with Biographical Data," list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, Number 3, January 1979, pp. 238, 256-262, crediting Texas State Historical Association. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
Table II, Constitutional Unionists

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, G.W. Whitmore, age 29, native state Tennessee, emigrated from Tennessee in 1848, lawyer, postoffice Concord, Harrison County. House Journal .


Other Resources

  • Unionist politician, pp. 164, 170, 173-175; opposition to secession, pp. 187-191; Civil War and Republican during Reconstruction, pp. 209-210, 278, 285, 292, 306-307. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880 1983.
  • WHITMORE, George Washington (1824-1876). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress .
  • WHITMORE, GEORGE WASHINGTON (1824-1876). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, p.156, Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas 2008.
  • Portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature 1860.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1868. Included in "List of Delegates to the Reconstruction Convention, As Announced in Special order No. 213, Dated Headquarters Fifth Military District, New Orleans, LA., April 13th, 1868." Journal of the Reconstruction Convention, Which Met at Austin, Texas, June 1, A.D., 1868 (1870), pp 533-534. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
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