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J.L. Darwin James Lewis Darwin
Full Name: James Lewis Darwin
Date of birth: February 10, 1853
Date of death: August 18, 1928

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 10, 1899 24th (3) (4) (5) (6)   25th (1) (2)   Populist Lake Creek / Delta   Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Red River, Titus

(1) First Day, 1/12/1897, pp. 1-3 - Darwin not listed in roll call of hold-over Senators or Senators-elect or Afternoon Session; Second Day, 1/13/1897, p. 5 - Darwin is listed in the roll call. Senate Journal.
(2) Populist. Texas Legislative Manual.
(3) Populist. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(4) Darwin attended only last day of Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Populist. Roster, "News from Austin: Twenty-Fourth Legislature," Galveston Daily News, 12/23/1894, p. 2. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(6) 24th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, James L. Darwin, Delta County, Texas. Portions adapted from Delta County History 1870-1991. Ancestry.com.
  • Biographical sketch, James L. Darwin, pp. 231-232. Born 2/10/1853 in Rhea County, Tennessee. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • DARWIN, JAMES LEWIS (1853-1928). Relatives: James Lewis Darwin, father; Henry Lewis Darwin, son. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Brief biographical sketch, J.L. Darwin, p. 62. Born 2/10/1853 near Rhea Springs (Spring City), Rhea County, Tennessee; Populist. Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature, 1897.
  • Other Resources
  • James L. Darwin, birth date 2/10/1853 in Rhea, Tennessee; death date 8/18/1928 in Cooper, Delta County, Texas; banker; parents Thomas C. Darwin and Eliza M. Collins. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • James Lewis Darwin, pp. 295, 302, 320. "The only Populist legislator known to have been a Republican prior to Populism." The People's Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism, 2020.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J.L. Darwin, 25th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.L. Darwin, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 24th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 25th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    25th R.S. - 1897
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Privileges and Election  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Treasury and Comptroller's Office  
    24th R.S. - 1895
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Claims and Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Internal Improvements  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  

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