J.M. Hunter

James Marvin Hunter

Full Name: James Marvin Hunter
Date of birth: December 24, 1829
Date of death: August 31, 1907

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 73 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2)   Democrat Mason / Mason   Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Medina, Menard, Uvalde

(1) "The news from Austin. . .Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate. . .Hunter restored to his seat. . .Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1, "Hunter's case considered" and "Hunter released from custody." Describes debate about removing Hunter from arrest and his release. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Resolutions and point of order, 7/29/1876, pp. 716-718 - "That the Hon. J. M. Hunter, in so absenting himself, is in contempt of the House and is no longer entitled to a seat as member of this House." Motions to excuse Mr. Hunter, 7/29/1876, pp. 722, 723, 728. Brought in under arrest by Sergeant at Arms and interrogated by Speaker, 8/1/1876, p. 736. Excused from arrest, 8/2/1876, pp. 747-748. House Journal. August 1, 1876 August 2, 1876 July 29, 1876

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • James M. Hunter, birth date 12/24/1829 in Buncombe County, NC, death date 8/31/1907 in Mason, TX; "Major James M. Hunter," biographical sketch in Frontier Times, Vol. 6, No. 1, October 1928. Hunter Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Biographical sketch, Judge James M. Hunter, pp. 561-566. Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas, 1900.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 141. Born 1839 in North Carolina. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch and collection details, James M. Hunter Papers, 1862-1864, at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. James Marvin Hunter, born 12/24/1829 in Buncombe County, North Carolina; died 8/31/1907. "In 1876, Hunter was elected to represent the Mason district in the Texas state legislature." Texas Archival Resources Online, 2010.

Military Service Notes

  • First Lieutenant in the company of Capt. Henry Davis on the frontier, and afterward, received commission of Captain from Governor Francis Lubbock; commissioned as Major by Governor Pendleton Murrah to serve the frontier district from Burnet County to the Rio Grande. Captain, Texas Rangers. Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas, 1900.
  • James M. Hunter, Frontier Forces, Call Number: 401-135. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935.
  • Commander of state troops, Third Frontier Regiment. James M. Hunter Papers, 1862-1864, at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Archival Resources Online, 2010.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - James Hunter, Mason, Mason County, age 40, born circa 1830 in North Carolina, justice of the peace, living in household with Thellipine Hunter, Laura, Ema, Marie, and John. FamilySearch.
  • James M. Hunter, birth date 12/24/1829, death date 8/31/1907, spouse Phillipina Hunter, burial in Crosby Cemetery, Mason County. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. J.M. Hunter, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Counties and County Boundaries  
Federal Relations  
Indian Affairs  
Internal Improvements  
Private Land Claims  

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