W.H. King

Wilburn Hill King

Full Name: Wilburn Hill King
Date of birth: June 10, 1839
Date of death: October 12, 1910

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 14 Jan 11, 1881 - Jul 22, 1881 17th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Sulphur Springs / Hopkins   Hopkins
H 14 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4)   Democrat Sulphur Springs / Hopkins   Hopkins

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Seth W. Stewart, in special election 9/17/1881, succeeded Wilburn H. King, resigned 7/22/1881. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Personal reminiscences as well as an account of King's brother about his service to the Confederacy. Autobiography of Wilburn Hill King, 1996.
  • 3rd Missouri State Guard Infantry, Captain. Confederate States Army, Colonel, Company B, 18th Texas Infantry; promoted to Brigadier General, 4/16/1864. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Wilburn Hill King, birth date 6/10/1839, death date 12/12/1910 in biographical sketch and 10/12/1910 on headstone. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, King, William [Wilburn] H., pp. 9, 21, 85, Plate No. 16. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.

Other Resources

  • Inscription on General W.H. King monument, Sulphur Springs County Courthouse; text of eulogy by Major L.T. Wheeler, pp. 110-112, Autobiography of Wilburn Hill King, 1996.
  • "The Texas Ranger Service and History of the Rangers, With Observations on Their Value as a Police Protection," by General W.H. King, Volume II, pp. 329-367. A Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897.
  • Portrait and discussion of King's service as adjutant general, pp. 223-252. Lone Star Justice: the First Century of the Texas Rangers, 2002.


  • Photograph. W.H. King, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Judiciary No. 1  
Revenue and Taxation  
16th R.S. - 1879
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 1  
Military Affairs  
Penal Code, Select  
Reduction of Expenses in Departments, Select  

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