A.J. Ball

Andrew J. Ball

Full Name: Andrew J. Ball
Date of birth: August 17, 1833
Date of death: February 26, 1923

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 23 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker   Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Haskell, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton, Young
S 23 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker   Bosque, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) 13th Legislature - Senators elect qualified and took their seats, 1/14/1873, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(6) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 1st Lieutenant and later Captain, 12th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, Company E (also known as the 8th Regiment Texas Infantry, and as Young's Regiment). A.J. Ball, born 1832 or 1833 in Mason County, Kentucky, died 2/26/1923 in Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas. Pension File No. 38281, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Ancestry.com.

Other Resources

  • Andrew J. Ball, birth date Aug. 1832 in Mason County, Kentucky, death date 2/26/1923 in Burnet. Census of 1860 and 1880, Parker County; Fauntleroy BALL / "Matthews, MATHIS" family tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Obituary, "A.J. Ball Pioneer of Texas Dies in Dallas County," Farmers Branch, 2/27/1923, p. 1. Captain A.J. Ball, age 90, died Monday, 2/26/1923, at home of brother R.S. Ball. Captain of a Texas regiment during the Civil War. Denton Record-Chronicle.
  • A.J. Ball, Weatherford, Parker County, born in Kentucky, lawyer, age 39 (born ca. 1834). Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1866. Journal of the Texas State Convention: Assembled at Austin, Feb. 7, 1866. Adjourned April 2, 1866, pp. 3-5. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
  • Andrew J. Ball, Parker County, p. 53. Born 8/17/1833 in Mason County, Kentucky. Member of the Constitutional Convention of 1866 and the 13th and 14th Legislatures of Texas. Texas Legal Directory for 1876-77, 1877.
  • Possibly Capt. A.J. Ball listed in "Civil War Soldiers buried in Parker County," no birth or death dates. TXGenWeb Project.


  • Photograph. A.J. Ball, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A.J. Ball, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. A.J. Ball, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Constitutional Amendments  
Federal Relations  
Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Land Office  
Penitentiary (Chair) 
Public Lands  
Removal of Judge L.M. Cooper, 3rd Judicial District  
13th R.S. - 1873
Comptroller of Public Accounts and State Treasurer, Examine  
Contingent Expenses, Select  
Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
Judiciary No. 1  
Land Office (Chair) 
Public Lands  
Superintendent of Public Schools  

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