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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 "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, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(5) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(6) 2nd Legislature - 12/13/1847, p. 3. Listed in "Roll of Districts being called - The following Senators presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal .
(7) 1st Legislature - 2/16/1846, p. 4. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following members appeared and took their seats...on motion of Mr. Grimes, the Senators came forward and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution." 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.

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