Alexander Hamilton Latimer

Full Name: Alexander Hamilton Latimer
Date of birth: January 16, 1834
Date of death: January 13, 1919

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 42 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (1) (2)   Democrat Mineral Wells / Palo Pinto   Eastland, Palo Pinto, Stephens

(1) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(2) Prohibition democrat, 1/12/1887, p. 2. San Antonio Daily Express.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Alexander H. Latimer, birth date 1/16/1834, death date 1/13/1919, Confederate Veteran, biographical sketch, burial in Arapaho Cemetery, Arapaho, Custer County, Oklahoma. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, A.H. Latimer, The Arapaho Bee (Arapaho, Oklahoma), 1/17/1919, p. 1 [partially faded]. Born 1/16/1834 in Huntingdon, Tennessee, Latimer "settled as an attorney in Belknap, Young county. When but 21 years old he was elected judge, being the youngest man in the state ever elected to that office. He became very prominent in public affairs, representing his district in the twentieth session of the state legislature, and was reading clerk of the convention that in 1875, adopted the present constitution of Tex."
  • Biographical sketch, Alexander M. Latimer, p. 149. Born 1/16/1836 in Carrol County, Tennessee. "He served as chief justice of Young county in 1862, secretary of the Constitutional Convention in 1875, postmaster at Belknap under the Confederate States government, and collector of the Confederate war tax." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • "Ten days ago this county was completely in the hands of the Dark-Lanternites . . . Lattimer, the candidate of the Dark-Lanternites, being elected in the district by a small majority . . . Much ill-feeling has been engendered as a result of the election, but it is to be hoped that all will quietly submit to the will of the majority," Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 11/6/1866, p. 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.
  • Alexander Hamilton Latimer, birth date 1/16/1834, death date 1/13/1919, interment in Arapaho Cemetery, Arapaho, Oklahoma. "Allied families of Roger Mills County, OK (& Greater Area) Name Index.", 2004.
  • In 1886, members of the Farmers' Alliance and the Knights of Labor formed an Anti-Monopoly Party, "which the hostile mainstream press dubbed the 'Dark Lantern' Party." Turnout for the party's convention was so limited the party was unable to produce platform or nominate a state ticket. However, "the Tarrant County farmer-labor coalition did succeed in electing a state legislator in November." p. 84-88. Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late-Nineteenth-Century South, 2007.
  • Alexander M. Latimer. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Antimonopolist political party dubbed "dark lantern" described in "The Texas Dark Lantern Ticket," 11/2/1886, p. 5. New York Times.
  • Alexander Hamilton Latimer settled in Arapaho, Oklahoma in 1893. "Judge Latimer served as a county judge for many years in Custer County, Oklahoma. At the time of his death Judge Latimer had the distinction of being the youngest judge Texas ever had and the oldest judge that Oklahoma ever had." Don Thompson Family, Hutchinson County Historical Commission. History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 Years, 1876-1980, 1980, Dallas, Texas, p. 340, crediting Hutchinson County Genealogical Society. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

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Committee Information top

20th R.S. - 1887
Constitutional Amendments  
Memorial Resolution for Hon. B. Rush Plumley  
Public Printing  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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