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James Thompson Lytle

Full Name: James Thompson Lytle
Birth date: April 26, 1824
Death date: February 5, 1854

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 5th (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    11/14/1853 - 1/30/1854
(1) Lytle died 2/5/1854. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(2) Roster of members elect of the 5th Legislature, state elections, 1853. Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 8/20/1853, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(3) 5th Legislature - "Mr. James T. Lytle, Senator elect from District No. 26, composed of the counties of Calhoun, Victoria, Jackson, Goliad, DeWitt and La Vaca, presented his credentials, was qualified and took his seat," 11/14/1853, p. 42. Resigned 1/30/1854, Part II, 2/8/1854, p. 285. Senate Journal . February 8, 1854
November 14, 1853

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, James T. Lytle, age 30, native state South Carolina, emigrated from Kentucky, lawyer, postoffice Lavaca, Calhoun County. House Journal .

Other Resources

  • James Thompson Lytle, birth date 4/26/1824 in Charleston, South Carolina, death date 2/6/1854 in Lavaca County, burial in Port Lavaca Cemetery, Port Lavaca, Calhoun County. Grave marker photo illegible. Find a Grave .
  • Excerpt of the "Eulogy on the life and character of the late Senator James T. Lytle"; James Thompson Lytle, born 4/26/1824 in Charleston, South Carolina. Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 4/22/1854, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • James T. Lytle, veteran of the Mexican War, lawyer, buried at Port Lavaca, author of "The Ranger's Song," Texas Folklore Society, Follow de Drinkin' Gou'd, UNT Press, 2000, pp. 161-162. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Text of "The Texas Ranger" song by J.T. Lytle (from the Houston Telegraph), p. 418. Texas Scrap-Book: Made Up of the History, Biography, and Miscellany of Texas and Its People .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 119. Author of the "Ranger's Song," died in Port Lavaca during winter 1853-1854. Once married to granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson. The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch 1888.
  • Biographical notes, p. 246. Requested sick leave in late November, 1853, died 2/5/1854 at age 31. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.
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