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James Dillard James Dillard
Full Name: James Eldrage Dillard
Date of birth: September 26, 1830
Date of death: December 8, 1913

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 47 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1)   Democrat Kaufman / Kaufman   Kaufman
S 3 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (2) (3) (4) (5)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee Senate President Pro Tempore (14th)   Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity
S 3 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee, Houston
S 3 Jan 10, 1871 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (9) (10) (11) (12)   Democrat Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee, Houston
(1) Democrat. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
(2) 14th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President 2/3/1874 and 2/4/1874, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(3) 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.
(4) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(5) "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.
(6) 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.
(7) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1, listed as "Senator elect." "There being a quorum present, by consent of the Senate, the following Senators elect qualified, taking their seats as members of the 13th Legislature." Senate Journal.
(8) 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.
(9) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - J.E. Dillard entitled to seat in Senate; M. Priest disqualified, 2/22/1870, p. 36. Copy of resolution transmitted to J. Dillard with request that he appear and qualify at the opening of the next regular session. Senate Journal.
(10) 12th Legislature, Regular Session - Dillard sworn 1/10/1871, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(11) James Dillard ran second to Priest in District 3 election for Provisional Session and was putative successor to Priest when the latter was declared ineligible by the military government 2/17/1870, but the resolution granting the seat to Dillard was tabled 2/22. Priest, qualified and sworn in Called Session, resigned 8/15, succeeded in special election 11/28 to 12/1 by Dillard, sworn 1/10/1871, but declared ineligible and the seat declared vacant 4/10. In special election 10/3 through 10/6, Dillard won again and was sworn 10/31. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(12) Dillard filled unexpired 2-year term of Mijamin Priest. 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Judge James E. Dillard, p. 251. "From 1870 to 1876 he served as State senator, which time embraced three terms of office. In 1876 he moved to Kaufman county...in 1888 he was elected State representative of Kaufman county." Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • DILLARD, JAMES ELDRAGE (1830-1913). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. James Dillard, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. James Dillard, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. James Dillard, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. James Dillard, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    State Asylums  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Claims and Accounts  
    Comptroller and Treasurer  
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Immigration  
    Judiciary  
    Lunatic Asylum  
    Militia  
    Printing  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    Removal of Judge M. Priest, 4th Judicial District  
    State Affairs  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Claims and Accounts  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Late Honorable Louis Frankee, Assassination  
    Printing (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
     

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