J.R. Dean

Jeremiah Rowland Dean

Full Name: Jeremiah Rowland "Jerry" Dean
Date of birth: April 10, 1841
Date of death: July 1, 1917

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 102 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd (1)   Democrat La Plata / Deaf Smith   Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler

(1) Mentioned in LA PLATA, TX. La Plata moved to current location of Hereford, Texas in 1899. Handbook of Texas Online.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Jeremiah Rowland Dean, birth date 4/10/1841, death date 7/1/1917, burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Includes photo and biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, "Judge Dean," The Mooreland Leader (Mooreland, Oklahoma), 7/13/1917, p. 5. Judge J.R. Dean, birth date 4/10/1841 in Woodford County, Kentucky; death date 7/1/1917 in Woodward, Oklahoma. Veteran of Civil War, Company G, 21st Infantry; then 2nd Lieutenant on staff of Brigadier General commanding 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 21st Army Corps. "For 17 years he remained a resident there [McPherson County, Kansas] following the practice of law (he was admitted to the bar in 1860), removing then to Deaf Smith County, Texas. There he enjoyed a good practice, also serving two terms as county judge and one term in the Texas legislature. Judge Dean came to Woodward at the opening of the Cherokee Strip, September 1893, and resumed the practice of his profession . . . " Newspapers.com.
  • Obituary, "Judge J.R. Dean Dead," Woodward News-Bulletin (Woodward, Oklahoma), and memorial resolution of district court, "Judge Cullison Holds Court," 7/6/1917, p. 1. Newspapers.com.

Military Service Notes

  • Union Army, 2nd Lieutenant, Company G, 21st Kentucky Infantry, enlistment date 10/1/1861, muster date 1/2/1862 in Kentucky, muster out date 9/30/1864. Jeremiah Dean, U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865; Jerry R. Dean, U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - Jerry R. Dean, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, age 29, born circa 1841 in Kentucky, mechanic, living in household with Elizabeth (age 24), Emma (age 4), Thomas W. (age 2), and Jannie (age 9 months).
    Census of 1880 - J.R. Dean, McPherson, McPherson County, Kansas, age 29 [sic], born circa 1851 in Kentucky, farmer, wife Lizey, daughters Emma, Jennie, and Luley, sons Thomas, Neuton, and Elmore.
    Census of 1900 - J.R. Dean, Webster, Woodward County, Oklahoma, age 59, born April 1841 in Kentucky, lawyer, wife Elisabeth A., sons Thomas H. and Thornton, daughter Lena V.; daughter Emma S. Matthew, son-in-law John C. Matthew, and family living in same household.
    Census of 1910 - J.R. Dean, Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma, age 69, born circa 1841 in Kentucky, lawyer, wife Elizabeth; daughter Emma Matthews, son-in-law J.C. Matthews and family. FamilySearch. 1870 1880 1900 1910
  • "Judge J.R. Dean of Woodward, Oklahoma, was visiting old time friends in Hereford this week. Judge Dean was the first judge of Deaf Smith county . . . ," The Hereford Brand, 8/14/1908, p. 5, crediting Deaf Smith County Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Deaf Smith County Historical Society. The Land and Its People, 1876-1981: Deaf Smith County, Texas, 1982, crediting Deaf Smith County Library. County Judge J.R. Dean, Formative Years of County Government, p. 13; Ghost Towns, La Plata, p. 15; "J.R. Dean was the first Deaf Smith County judge and his son Thomas served as postmaster," p. 18; County Officials, p. 84. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 23rd Legislature (1893) - J.R. Dean, postoffice LaPlata, nativity Kentucky, age 53 (born circa 1840), lawyer, 5 years in Texas, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. J.R. Dean, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. J.R. Dean, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

23rd R.S. - 1893
Judiciary No. 2  
Mining and Minerals  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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