William John Darden

Full Name: William John Darden
Date of birth: June 12, 1825
Date of death: May 29, 1881

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 49 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado
H 54 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (1)     Columbus / Colorado   Colorado

(1) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings." The party was active in Texas at the state level between 1855 and 1857. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414, 416-417. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, William J. Darden. Born 6/2/1825 in Norfolk, Virginia; lawyer of Columbus, Colorado County, Texas. "In 1855 he was elected to the State legislature, and served with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents . . . In 1863 he was chosen to the Legislature, and took an active part in its deliberations." Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas, 1880, New York, p. 167. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Mentions William John Darden. Part 9. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas.
  • Census of 1850 - Wm. J. Darden, Houston, Harris County, age 25, born circa 1825 in Virginia, lawyer.
    Census of 1860 - W. J. Darden, Colorado County, age 35, born circa 1825 in Virginia, attorney at law.
    Census of 1870 - William J. Darden, Columbus, Colorado County, age 45, born circa 1825 in Virginia, lawyer. FamilySearch. 1850 1860 1870
  • William J. Darden, birth date 6/12/1825, portrait, burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, Colorado County. Death date missing from grave marker. Find a Grave.
  • Death notice, "Texas Facts and Fancies," Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin), 6/9/1881, p. 4. "Judge W.J. Darden, a prominent citizen and eminent lawyer of Columbus." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Committee Information top

10th R.S. - 1863
Confederate Relations  
6th R.S. - 1855
Engrossed Bills  
State Affairs  

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