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James G. Bourland

Full Name: James G. Bourland
Birth date: August 11, 1801
Death date: August 20, 1879

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 2nd (1) (5) (6) Legislature
    12/13/1847 - 11/5/1849
  • Senate, 1st (2) (3) (4) (7) (8) (9) (10) Legislature
    2/16/1846 - 12/13/1847
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) LAMAR COUNTY. Lamar County "was established by act of the Fifth Congress of the republic on December 17, 1840, and organized by election on February 1, 1841." Handbook of Texas Online .
(3) Bourland was a floating senator "conjointly" elected from Bowie, Red River, Fannin, and Lamar counties. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(5) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(6) 2nd Legislature - Roll of Districts, oath of office, 12/13/1847, p. 3. Senate Journal .
(7) 1st Legislature - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 2/16/1846, p. 4. Senate Journal .
(8) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "first class" (2-year term). Senate Journal .
(9) Constitution of 1846, Article III, ยง 32, Enumeration of senatorial districts, states "the counties of Fannin, Lamar, Red River, and Bowie, conjointly, shall elect one senator." Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
(10) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch of Col. James G. Bourland, general notes, noted events in his life. Relatives: Col. James G. Bourland, father-in-law; Col. A.B. Manion, son-in-law. Ancestors of Col. James G. Bourland 2009.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 98. Mentioned in biographical sketch of John G. Young, pp. 937-938. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families 1889.
  • Colonel James Bourland Timeline. Book available at Texas State Library & Archives, 929.2 B667a, Genealogy Collection. Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains 2006.
  • Mentioned in account of secession debates and vigilantism in the Sulphur Forks watershed counties of East Texas, pp. 35-41. Brush Men and Vigilantes: Civil War Dissent in Texas 2000.
  • BOURLAND, JAMES G. (1801-1879). "He lived in Kentucky and Tennessee, where he traded in slaves and horses, before he moved to what is now Lamar County, Texas, in 1837." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • DAY, SAMUEL C. (1822-1886). Relatives: James G. Bourland, father-in-law; Samuel C. Day, son-in-law. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Biographical sketch and photo of Colonel James G. Bourland courtesy of Patricia Adkins-Rochette, Duncan, OK www.bourlandcivilwar.com; James Bourland Grave and Home restoration, photos courtesy of Webmaster and Daryl Coleman (page 6). Lee-Bourland Camp 1848, Gainesville, Texas, 2009, Sons of Confederate Veterans .
  • James G. Bourland. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Historical marker, Cooke County, C.S.A./2nd Frontier Regiment, Gainesville, Cooke County. "Col. James Bourland (1803-1868) was appointed Commander and it became known as 'Bourland's Border Regiment.'" Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Bourland's Texas Cavalry Regiment (Border Regiment). Biographical sketch, pp. 29, 122-123. Texas in the War, 1861-1865 1965.
  • Biographical sketch, Colonel James Bourland, p. 573. Relatives: James G. Bourland and William H. Bourland - brothers. The Encyclopedia of the New West 1881.
  • Biographical notes, p. 172. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.
  • About James G. Bourland. Cooke County, TXGenWeb Project .

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