J.E. Dillard

James Eldrage Dillard

Full Name: James Eldrage Dillard
Date of birth: September 26, 1830
Date of death: December 8, 1913

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 47 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Democrat Kaufman / Kaufman   Kaufman
S 3 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee Senate President Pro Tempore (14th)   Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity
S 3 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (7) (8) (9)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee, Houston
S 3 Jan 10, 1871 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (10) (12) (13)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee, Houston

(1) Democrat. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
(2) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 14th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President 2/3/1874 and 2/4/1874, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(6) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(7) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(8) 13th Legislature - Senators elect qualified and took their seats, 1/14/1873, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(9) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(10) James Dillard ran second to Priest in District 3 election for Provisional Session and was putative successor to Priest when the latter was declared ineligible by the military government 2/17/1870, but the resolution granting the seat to Dillard was tabled 2/22. Priest, qualified and sworn in Called Session, resigned 8/15, succeeded in special election 11/28 to 12/1 by Dillard, sworn 1/10/1871, but declared ineligible and the seat declared vacant 4/10. In special election 10/3 through 10/6, Dillard won again and was sworn 10/31. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(11) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Dillard filled unexpired 2-year term of Mijamin Priest. Senate Journal.
(12) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - M. Priest declined qualifying, 2/8/1870, p. 4. Communication from General J.J. Reynolds declaring the Hon. M. Priest ineligible to serve in the Senate under the reconstruction laws, 2/12/1870, p. 12. J.E. Dillard entitled to seat in Senate; M. Priest disqualified, 2/22/1870, p. 36. Copy of resolution transmitted to J. Dillard with request that he appear and qualify at the opening of the next regular session. Senate Journal. February 12, 1870 February 22, 1870 February 8, 1870
(13) 12th Legislature, Regular Session - Dillard and Tendick qualified and took their seats, 1/10/1871, p. 3. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant, Company C, 3rd Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Lieut. James E. Dillard (1832-1913). James E. Dillard (1833-1913), color photo, obituaries from the Dallas Morning News and Terrell Tribune, burial in Kaufman Cemetery, Kaufman, Kaufman County, with spouse Rosa F. Dillard. Find a Grave.
  • Confederate States Army, Private, Company K, 3rd Texas Cavalry; then 4th Texas Cavalry under Col. Walter P. Lane. Handbook of Texas Online.


  • Photograph. J.E. Dillard, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.E. Dillard, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.E. Dillard, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. J.E. Dillard, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
State Asylums  
14th R.S. - 1874
Claims and Accounts  
Comptroller and Treasurer  
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Lunatic Asylum  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
Removal of Judge M. Priest, 4th Judicial District  
State Affairs  
13th R.S. - 1873
Claims and Accounts  
Judiciary No. 2  
Late Honorable Louis Frankee, Assassination  
Printing (Chair) 
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 

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