B.A. Philpots

Benjamin Allen Philpott

Full Name: Benjamin Allen Philpott
Date of birth: September 26, 1811
Date of death: November 17, 1892

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 43 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2)   Democrat Fairfield / Freestone   Freestone
H 43 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (3) (4)   Democrat Avant Prairie / Freestone   Freestone

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(3) Avant Prairie post office closed in 1885. Handbook of Texas Online.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • PHILPOTT, BENJAMIN ALLEN (1811-1892). Death date 11/17/1892. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Death notice "Death of Col. B.A. Philpott," The Fairfield Recorder, 11/18/1892, p. 3, crediting Fairfield Library. Death date 11/17/1892.
    Obituary, "Biographical Sketch of the late Col. Benjamin Allen Philpott," The Fairfield Recorder, 12/9/1892, p. 2, crediting Fairfield Library. Born 9/26/1811 in Frederick County, Maryland, son of Gen. Horatio Philpott. "Of his early life in Alabama, we have not much data before us. We learn that by the age of 21, he was a clerk in the State Senate of Alabama; at the age of 25 he commanded a company in the Florida War against the Indians in 1835, and afterwards served one or two terms in the Alabama Legislature, but whether Senator or Representative we do not remember. He came to Texas in 1851, and in 1852 located in Freestone, and lived in this county until his death on the 17th of November last . . . from 1878 to 1882 he represented Freestone county in the Legislature." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). December 9, 1892 November 18, 1892
  • Biographical sketch, Benjamin Allen Philpott, pp. 263-264. Born 9/26/1811 in Morgan County, Alabama. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, 12th Texas Infantry. Military grave marker, Benjamin A. Philpott, birth date 9/26/1811, death date 11/12/1892, burial in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Freestone County. Includes portrait and reprint of death notice in Dallas Morning News, 11/19/1892. Find a Grave.
  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, 8th Texas Infantry, Walker's Division. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.


  • Photograph. B.A. Philpots, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Public Debt  
Revenue and Taxation  
State Affairs (Chair) 
16th R.S. - 1879
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Military Affairs  
Public Debt  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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