J. Littleton

John T. Littleton

Full Name: John T. Littleton
Date of birth: 1825
Date of death: December 3, 1868

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 29 Aug 7, 1866 - Dec 3, 1868 11th (1) (2) (3)     Helena / Karnes   Bee, Dimmit, Goliad, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio

(1) 11th Legislature - Oath of office for Senators elected from Districts No. 22, 29, 30, and 15, 8/7/1866, p. 6. Senate Journal.
(2) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(3) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: J.T. Littleton, Helena, Karnes County, nativity Tennessee, stock-raiser, age 40 in 1866 (born circa 1826). Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Captain, William G. Tobin's company of Mounted Volunteers, Cortina War. Captain of cavalry on the frontier, Civil War. Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • Capt. John Littleton died 12/3/1868. Death notices, 12/19/1868, p. 1, reprint from Corpus Christi Advertiser of 12/12/1868 and Indianola Bulletin; "More Murder," 12/25/1868, p. 4, reprint from Goliad Guard. Galveston Daily News.
  • Death in early December 1868 described in The Sutton-Taylor Feud: the Deadliest Blood Feud in Texas, by Chuck Parsons, Denton, University of North Texas Press, 2009, pp. 43-46. Google Books.
  • Death notice, "Assassination of Captain Littleton," The Brownsville Ranchero, 12/25/1868, p. 2. From private letter from Helena, Karnes County, dated 12/8/1868: "Capt. John Littleton was killed a few days ago by some unknown person . . . Capt. Littleton was buried here yesterday by the Masonic fraternity." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Delegate to Secession Convention of Texas, 1861. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861. Edited from the original in the department of state by Ernest William Winkler, State Librarian. Texas Library and Historical Commission, the State Library. Austin: Austin Print. Co., 1912, pp. 20-22. Originally published serially in newspapers. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.


  • Photograph. J. Littleton, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

11th R.S. - 1866
Stock and Stock Raising  

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