Thomas Word

Thomas Jefferson Word

Full Name: Thomas Jefferson Word
Date of birth: February 6, 1805
Date of death: May 25, 1890

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson   Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt

(1) 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.
(2) Report of "Col. T.J. Word, accepting the nomination for the State Senator," Dallas Herald, 9/7/1872, p. 2. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 13th Legislature - Senators elect qualified and took their seats, 1/14/1873, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) 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

Other Resources

  • T.J. Word, birth date 2/6/1805, death date 5/25/1890, burial in Palestine City Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson County. Includes portrait; obituary from The Galveston Daily News, 5/27/1890; and plaque "In Memory of Colonel Thomas Jefferson Word" inside St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Crawford St., Palestine, Texas. Find a Grave.
  • "[T.J.] Word, Jr., is a son of Hon. T.J. Word, of Palestine, and a rising young attorney . . . ," "Local News," The Dallas Daily Herald, 12/4/1873, p. 2.
    "The Tyler Democrat says that Hon. T.J. Word is in that city, as full of life as a young man of twenty-one . . . ," Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Texas), 11/25/1875, p. 2.
    Anderson County, "Hon. T.J. Word as our choice for Judge," The Galveston Daily News, 12/21/1875, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium.
    Mentioned in "Anderson County in the Civil War," The Tracings, Volume 5, Number 1, Winter 1986, p. 4, crediting Anderson County Genealogical Society. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). 11/25/1875 12/21/1875 12/4/1873 Winter 1986
  • Obituary, Thomas J. Word, The Galveston Daily News, 5/27/1890, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Death date 5/25/1890. Elected to state senate in 1873. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. Thomas Word, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. Thomas Word, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses, Select (Chair) 
Judiciary No. 1  
Land Office  
Privileges and Elections  
State Affairs  

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