Jno. M. Matuis

John Manson Mathis

Full Name: John Manson Mathis, Sr.
Date of birth: September 8, 1869
Date of death: December 1, 1937

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 19-5 Jan 10, 1933 - Jan 8, 1935 43rd (1)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 19-5 Jan 13, 1931 - Jan 10, 1933 42nd   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 69 Feb 26, 1918 - Jan 14, 1919 35th (2)   Democrat Brenham / Washington   Washington

(1) Name, postoffice, occupation, association membership, relationship to persons in state or county government. Resolution, 9/18/1933, pp. 45-48, and Questionnaire Authorized and Directed by Resolution Adopted by the House, 10/11/1933, pp. 588-601. House Journal.
(2) John M. Mathis, Sr., in special election 2/15/1918, sworn 2/26/1918, succeeded Sam D.W. Low, resigned after 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 43rd Legislature, 3rd C.S. - Resolution expressing appreciation for services of Representatives John Mathis, Sr. and T.H. McGregor, p. 414. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, John Manson Mathis, Texas Under Many Flags, 1930, Volume I, pp. 178-179. Born 9/8/1870 in Smith County, Texas. (Created 9/17/2009.) HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch, John M. Mathis, Volume IV, p. 1997. Born 1870 in Smith County, Texas. Selected as Clerk to Speaker R.T. Milner in 1892; Democratic elector in 1912; former member and chairman of Eighth District Democratic Committee. Son of Rev. John S. and Aurelia (Jones) Mathis. Relatives: John M. Mathis - grandson; Wiley Jones - grandfather. Aurelia (Jones) Mathis' father [Wiley Jones], "during his residence at Asheville, North Carolina, served as sheriff of the county, and coming to Texas after the close of the war located in Cooke county, which he represented in the state legislature and for many years served as sheriff." A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • Biographical sketch and photo, John Manson Mathis, Volume 2, p. 1350. Born 9/8/1869 in Smith County, Texas. The New Encyclopedia of Texas, 1926.

Other Resources

  • T.H. McGregor of Austin, Preston L. Anderson of San Antonio, John M. Mathis of Houston, and "Uncle Elmer" Pope of Corpus Christi, "Austinite Last of Famed 'Four Horsemen'," 10/22/1952, p. 4. Austin American.
  • Census of 1880 - J.S. Mathis household, Henderson, Rusk County; sons include Leonidas H. Mathis and John Mathis (10 years old), and daughter Annie Mathis.
    Census of 1900 - John M. Mathis, Brenham, Washington County, age 31, born September 1869 in Texas, lawyer, wife Louise. FamilySearch. 1880 1900
  • John M. Mathis (1869-1937), burial in Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Washington County, with spouse Louise M. Mathis. Includes death notice and photo in the Austin American-Statesman, 12/2/1937. Find a Grave.
  • "Fuller Charges to Be Taken Up Today," 8/16/1917, pp. 1, 8. Describes resignation of John M. Mathis of Brenham as a University of Texas regent. Galveston Daily News.
  • Died 12/1/1937. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Obituary and photo, "Judge John M. Mathis Dies Early Wednesday at His Home: Texas Lawyer and Politician Passes Away, Was Former Member of the Texas Legislature . . . ," Brenham Banner-Press, 12/1/1937, pp. 1, 6, crediting Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library. Born 9/8/1870 in Smith County, Texas.
    "Funeral Rites Held at Prairie Lea for Judge J.M. Mathis," Brenham Banner-Press, 12/2/1937, pp. 1, 3, crediting Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). 12/1/1937 12/2/1937


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Committee Information top

43rd R.S. - 1933
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
State Affairs (Chair) 
State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  
42nd R.S. - 1931
Congressional Districts  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Municipal and Private Corporations  
State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  
35th R.S. - 1917
Banks and Banking  
Liquor Traffic  
Private Corporations (Chair) 
Senatorial Districts  

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