John T. Harcourt

Full Name: John T. Harcourt
Date of birth: June 9, 1825
Date of death: July 15, 1903

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 22 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (1)     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Wharton
S 22 Nov 4, 1861 - Nov 2, 1863 9th (2) (3)     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Wharton

(1) 10th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 11/2/1863, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the short term" (two years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Portrait, John T. Harcourt, District 22; Chairman, Judiciary Committee. Senate Journal.
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, Judge John T. Harcourt, pp. 359-360. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Judge John T. Harcourt, pp. 156-157. Birth date 6/9/1825. "In 1860 he was elected to the state senate from the counties of Fayette, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton, and this position he filled until the close of the warn, having been re-elected in 1864 without opposition. After the final surrender, the state government was overthrown and he was retired from office. While senator he was the author of two measures to check the encroachments of the military upon the civil power, both of which were adopted, and attracted considerable attention at the time." The Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881.
  • John T. Harcourt, birth date 6/9/1825, death date 7/15/1903, portrait, biographical sketch, burial in City Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County. Find a Grave.

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Announcement of John T. Harcourt as a candidate for District Judge of the 1st Judicial District, 5/23/1866, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • Essay on Hon. John T. Harcourt recommending his appointment as United States Senator by the Legislature, author unknown, Colorado. Columbus, 7/26/1866, printed 8/2/1866, p. 1. Describes Harcourt's term in the Texas Senate; "the journals show him to have been one of the most attentive, zealous and energetic members of that body." Galveston Daily News.
  • Lists John T. Harcourt, State Senator during the Confederacy, as unsuccessful candidate for district judge on 6/25/1866, and a "longtime Democratic party activist who remained an active conservative through Reconstruction." "The District Judges of Texas in 1866-1867: An Episode in the Failure of Presidential Reconstruction," Vol. 93, No. 3, January 1990, p. 362. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Mentioned, p. 13. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Committee Information top

10th R.S. - 1863
Judiciary (Chair) 
Military Board  
Public Lands  
Revision of Rules  
9th R.S. - 1861
Anderson County Manufacture of Iron  
Confederate Relations  
Flags of 4th and 5th Texas Regiments  
Indian Affairs  
Judiciary (Chair) 
Printing and Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Private Land Claims  
State Affairs  

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