W.J. Townsend, Jr.

William James Townsend, Jr.

Full Name: William James "Jim" Townsend, Jr.
Date of birth: August 28, 1876
Date of death: November 25, 1956

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 13 Jan 14, 1913 - Jan 9, 1917 34th (1) (2)   33rd (3)   34th (1) (2)   Democrat Lufkin / Angelina Senate President Pro Tempore (34th)   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity
S 13 Jan 10, 1911 - Jan 14, 1913 32nd (4) (5)   Democrat Lufkin / Angelina   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity

(1) 34th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 3/20/1915, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) 34th Legislature - Roll Call of holdover Senators, 1/12/1915, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(3) 33rd Legislature - List of Senators elected on November 5, 1912, oath of office administered, 1/14/1913, pp. 3-4. Senate Journal.
(4) W.J. Townsend, Jr., in special election 11/8/1910, succeeded Charles C. Stokes, died 8/12/1910. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) 32nd Legislature - Roll Call of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/10/1911, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch and photo, William James Townsend, Jr., of Lufkin, "Scrappy Little Man Is W.J. Townsend Jr.," The Daily Express (San Antonio, Texas), 2/19/1911, p. 39, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Son of William James and Davila (Gilliand) Townsend. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Memorial, W.J. (Little Jim) Townsend, February 1957, p. 102. Practiced in Lufkin, Jacksonville, Austin, and Wichita Falls. Texas Bar Journal.

Other Resources

  • William James Townsend, birth date 8/28/1876 in Angelina County, death date 11/25/1956 in Lufkin, Angelina County, lawyer, father W.J. Townsend, mother Divilla Gilliand. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • William James Townsend, birth date 8/28/1876, residence in Austin, Travis County, draft registration 9/12/1918; occupation: Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas, State Capitol; nearest relative: wife Zoe Townsend. FamilySearch United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  • William (Jim) Townsend, birth date 8/28/1876, death date 11/25/1956, burial in Walker Cemetery, Redland, Angelina County. Includes reprint of obituary in Lufkin News, 11/26/1956. Find a Grave.
  • William J. Townsend, Jr. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • W.J. Townsend, Jr., state senator from Jacksonville, in father's obituary, "Judge W.J. Townsend Sr. Died at Home in Lufkin," The Houston Post, 1/19/1916, p. 3. Relatives: W.J. Townsend, Sr. - father; W.J. Townsend, Jr. - son. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


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Committee Information top

34th R.S. - 1915
Enrolled Bills  
Insurance, Statistics and History  
Judiciary No. 1  
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Public Lands and Land Office  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
State Asylums  
State Penitentiaries  
33rd R.S. - 1913
Attorney General's Department, Investigate  
Congressional Districts  
Enrolled Bills  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Public Lands and Land Office  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Senatorial Districts  
State Affairs  
State Penitentiaries  
32nd R.S. - 1911
Commerce and Manufactures  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Judiciary No. 2  
Mining and Irrigation  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt, Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Representative Districts  
State Asylums  
State Penitentiaries  

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