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J.R. Wilson James Robert Wilson
Full Name: James Robert Wilson
Date of birth: July 26, 1864
Date of death: August 7, 1904

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Jan 13, 1903 - May 1, 1903 28th (1) (2)   Democrat Texarkana / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris
S 1 Jan 8, 1901 - Jan 13, 1903 27th (3) (4)   Democrat Texarkana / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris
(1) Wilson died after 1st C.S. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 28th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/28/1903, pp. 107-108. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1902 due to redistricting. Act approved Sep. 6, 1901, 27th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 6, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(4) 27th Legislature - 1/8/1901, pp. 1-2, listed in "roll of Senators-elect." Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 29th Legislature, R.S., 1/11/1905, p. 7. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Other Resources
  • James Robert Wilson, birth date 7/26/1864 in Virginia, death date 8/7/1904 in Bowie County, Texas, interment at Shipp Cemetery, New Boston, Bowie County. Find a Grave.
  • "Senator Wilson Dead; special to the News," dateline 8/8/1904, newspaper dated 8/9/1904; State Senator James R. Wilson died last night (8/7/1904) at his home in New Boston of typhoid fever. Galveston Daily News.
  • "Terrell to Succeed Wilson," 8/23/1904, p. 3. " . . . Morris County has presented the name of J.M. Terrell of Daingerfield as a candidate to succeed the late Senator J.R. Wilson of the first. Terrell is a lawyer, and his county claims the Senatorship." Galveston Daily News.
  • 28th Legislature (1903) - J.R. Wilson, postoffice Texarkana, Bowie County, nativity Virginia, farmer, age 38 (born circa 1865), Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J.R. Wilson, 27th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.R. Wilson, 28th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 27th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, north wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 28th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    28th R.S. - 1903
    Finance (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judicial Districts  
    State Affairs  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    27th R.S. - 1901
    Agricultural and Mechanical College, Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, Sam Houston Normal Institute and the State Orphan Home, to Visit  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    State Penitentiaries  

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