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Jesse Grimes Jesse Grimes
Full Name: Jesse Grimes
Date of birth: February 6, 1788
Date of death: March 15, 1866

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 19 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)     Anderson / Grimes Senate President Pro Tempore (8th)   Grimes, Madison, Montgomery, Walker
S 19 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)   6th (13) (14)     Anderson / Grimes Senate President Pro Tempore (6th)   Grimes, Madison, Montgomery, Walker
S 15 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (15) (16) (17)     Grimes Prairie / Grimes Senate President Pro Tempore (4th)   Grimes, Montgomery, Walker
S 13 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (18) (19)     Grimes Prairie / Grimes   Grimes, Montgomery, Walker
S 9 Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (20) (21)     Grimes Prairie / Grimes   Montgomery
S 9 Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28)     Grimes Prairie / Montgomery   Montgomery
(1) Address, Anderson; home county, Grimes. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Jesse Grimes included on the August 1859 Union Democratic ticket for state senator, p. 91. Sam Houston: For Texas and the Union, 2001.
(3) Postoffice Anderson, Grimes County. Senate Journal.
(4) 8th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 11/12/1859, Regular Session; and Adjourned Session. Senate Journal.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 6, 1860, 8th Legislature, ch. 45, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) Census of 1860 - Jessee Grimes, Plantersville post office, Grimes County, age 72, born in NC. Enumerated 7/11/1860. HeritageQuest Online.
(7) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/7/1859, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, took the oath of office and their seats." Senate Journal.
(8) Address, Anderson; home county, Grimes. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(9) Postoffice Anderson, Grimes County. Senate Journal.
(10) Listed in "Senators holding over: Opposition." Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(11) 7th Legislature, 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(12) 7th Legislature - listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(13) 6th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 11/6/1855, Regular Session; and Adjourned Session. Senate Journal.
(14) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1855, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(15) 4th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 12/30/1851, Regular Session, due to the death of President Pro Tem Burleson; and 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(16) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(17) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1851, p. 3. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by Districts, the following gentlemen appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(18) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(19) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1849, p. 3. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following gentlemen presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
(20) Montgomery County - 2nd Legislature - 12/13/1847, p. 3. Listed in "Roll of Districts being called - The following Senators presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats . . . From the district of Montgomery, Jesse Grimes." Senate Journal.
(21) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(22) Grimes County - Act approved April 6, 1846, 1st Leg., creating the county of Grimes. "Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(23) Lists town of Grimes Prairie (no longer exists), Grimes County. Texas Towns Database (Texas Almanac).
(24) History of Grimes County notes "the creating act was passed April 6, 1846, and organization was perfected July 15," volume III, p. 953. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers, 1940.
(25) Grimes Prairie - "in the fall of 1827 he [Jesse Grimes] settled on Grimes Prairie, now in Grimes County." Handbook of Texas Online.
(26) 1st Legislature - 2/16/1846, p. 4. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following members appeared and took their seats...on motion of Mr. Grimes, the Senators came forward and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution." Senate Journal.
(27) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "first class" (2-year term). Senate Journal.
(28) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 92. "Though opposed to secession, Jesse Grimes was affiliated with the Democratic Party, saying of himself in a letter dated March 26, 1857: 'Politically I have ever claimed to be a Democrat but it has been alleged that I am rather of the old fogey order.'" Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • History of Grimes County, Grimes County towns, and biographical sketch of Jesse Grimes, volume III, pp. 951-959. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers, 1940.
  • GRIMES COUNTY named for Jesse Grimes. "On April 6, 1846, the first state legislature accepted the petition of local residents and established Grimes County, named in honor of Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who was then representing the area in the state Senate." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • GRIMES, JESSE (1788-1866). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 72-76, Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair, 1930; listed in "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data, pp. 205-209. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 165; portrait, p. 166; mentioned throughout. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Jesse Grimes, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Other Resources
  • "Another Patriot to Be Reburied," 10/16/1929. Death date 10/16/1866. Dallas Morning News.
  • Mentioned in Ralph A. Wooster, "Membership in the Early Texas Legislatures, 1850-1860," October 1965, pp. 163-173. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Grimes, Jesse. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Finance (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Ways and Means for the Protection of the Frontier, Select  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Finance (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Finance (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Penitentiary  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Finance (Chair) 
    Land Titles West of the Nueces, Select  
    Penitentiary  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debt  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Apportionment, Special (Chair) 
    Finance (Chair) 
    Fire-Proof General Land Office Building, Governor's Message  
    Governor's Message, Select  
    Internal Improvements  
    Land Scrips, Loan Bonds, and Other Obligations Issued by the Late Republic of Texas in Comptroller's Office  
    Penitentiary  
    Public Lands  
    Purchase of Northwestern Territory, Governor's Message  
    Senate Rules, Select  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Claims and Accounts  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Finance (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Finance (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
     

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