William Howard Bourland

Full Name: William Howard Bourland
Date of birth: 1811
Date of death: April 2, 1860

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 5 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Sherman / Grayson   Grayson
H Lamar Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (1) (2)     Unknown / Lamar   Hopkins, Lamar
H Lamar Feb 17, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (3) (4) (5) (6)     Unknown / Lamar Speaker 5/1/1846 - 5/11/1846.   Hopkins, Lamar

(1) W.H. Bourland and Johnson Wren, Lamar County. House Journal.
(2) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Not present at organization of the House on 2/16/1846. James Gillett, James Willie, John N.O. Smith, and William Bourland sworn on 2/17/1846, p. 11, House Journal.
(4) Branch resigned as speaker 3/16, and Crump was again elected, resigning 5/1 to be succeeded the same day by Bourland, who resigned 5/11 and was succeeded by Perkins. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Crump, elected speaker 2/16/1846, on 3/3 was granted leave of absence until 3/15, and Brown was elected speaker pro tempore. Brown resigned 3/9, the House adopted a resolution declaring the office vacant since 3/3, and Branch was elected speaker. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) W.H. Bourland, Lamar County, farmer, nativity Kentucky, Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, William H. Bourland, age 41 (born circa 1812), native state Tennessee, emigrated from Missouri in 1840, farmer, postoffice Sherman, Grayson County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Major, 1st Texas Mounted Volunteers, Mexican War. William H. Bourland, age 36, born about 1811, enlistment in San Antonio, 4/23/1847. U.S., Compiled Military Service Records for American Volunteer Soldiers, Mexican War, 1845-1848. Ancestry.com.

Other Resources

  • William Howard Bourland, Commissioner to Investigate Land Titles, bond 4/22/1850, oath 4/21/1850, index card, handwritten oath of office of William Howard Bourland. Texas, U.S., Bonds and Oaths of Office, 1846–1920. Ancestry.com.
  • Mentioned in MEXICAN-AMERICAN LAND GRANT ADJUDICATION. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Governor Peter Hansbrough Bell appointed William H. Bourland and James B. Miller as commissioners to investigate the real estate titles between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, 1850. "Bourland, who involved himself in politics shortly after his arrival in Texas, served in the last two Texas Congresses and the First, Second, and Fifth legislature. He also saw service as a major in the Mexican War," p. 454. "Quieting Title to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in the Trans-Nueces: The Bourland and Miller Commission, 1850-1852," by Galen D. Greaser and Jesús F. de la Teja, Vol. 95, No. 4, April 1992, pp. 445-464, published by Texas State Historical Association. Texas State University Digital Collections Repository. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Committee Information top

5th R.S. - 1853
Internal Improvements  
Land Office (Chair) 
Public Debt  
2nd R.S. - 1847
Federal Relations  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Lands  
1st R.S. - 1846
County Boundaries  
Engrossed Bills  
General Land Office, Select  
Land Office  
Mail Routes (Post Routes), Select  
Official Seals of the Republic of Texas, Collect and Destroy All  

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