William James Townsend, Sr.

Full Name: William James Townsend, Sr.
Other surnames: Towsend
Date of birth: February 27, 1850
Date of death: January 18, 1916

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 31 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th   Democrat Lufkin / Angelina   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston
H 31 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd   Democrat Lufkin / Angelina   Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Death notices, Judge W.J. Townsend, Sr., "Lufkin Jurist Passes Away" and "Judge Townsend Dead," Palestine Daily Herald, 1/19/1916, pp. 1, 5, crediting Palestine Public Library. "He represented this county in the legislature in 1890," son Senator W.J. Townsend, Jr. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). January 19, 1916, p. 1 January 19, 1916, p. 5
  • Obituary, "Judge W.J. Townsend Sr. Died at Home in Lufkin," The Houston Post, 1/19/1916, p. 3. Born 2/27/1850, "moved to Angelina county while a young man." Relatives: W.J. Townsend, Sr. - father; W.J. Townsend, Jr., state senator from Jacksonville - son. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • W.J. Townsend, Sr., birth date 2/27/1850, death date 1/18/1916, burial in Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County. Find a Grave.
  • "Imboden Says No: He Will Not Run for Congress on His Hog Law Record," 10/7/1893, p. 5. Mentions Representative Townsend of Angelina as "legitimate parent" of law making theft of a hog a felony. Galveston Daily News.
  • William J. Townsend. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • William James and Davila (Gilliand) Townsend, parents of 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. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. W.J. Towsend, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Townsend, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. W.J. Townsend, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

24th R.S. - 1895
County Government and County Finances (Chair) 
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Redistricting the State into Judicial Districts, Special  
23rd R.S. - 1893
Federal Relations  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 2  

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