R.L. Hightower

Richard Levesly Hightower

Full Name: Richard Levesly Hightower
Date of birth: May 24, 1836
Date of death: April 5, 1890

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Elysian Fields / Harrison   Harrison

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(5) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(6) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Hightower district number not listed with roll call, Tilson is District 4, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(7) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/11/1881, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(8) Hightower was a member of the Citizen's party, p. 287. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, Robert L. Hightower, pp. 286-287. Born 5/24/1836 in Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee; 3rd marriage to Alice Fortson; died 4/5/1890. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Other Resources

  • Richard Levesly Hightower and Alice Fortson, parents of Della H. Hawley, death date 2/3/1971. Richard Lee Hightower and Alice Fortson, parents of Francis Marion Hightower, death date 4/16/1960. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976. Della H. Hawley Francis Marion Hightower
  • Richard L. Hightower, birth date 5/24/1836, death date 4/5/1890, burial in Hightower Cemetery, Harrison County. Includes death notice in Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 4/6/1890. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary of daughter, Mrs. Della Hightower Hawley, 2/4/1971. "A native of Elysian Fields, she was the daughter of Richard Levesly Hightower and the former Alice Fortson, both of Elysian Fields . . . Mrs. Hawley's father was a District Judge and at one time served as a Texas State Senator." Marshall News Messenger.
  • Robert L. Hightower. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • R.L. Hightower mentioned as a Citizens Party candidate, election of 1880, p. 361. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.

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Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Agricultural Affairs  
Commerce and Manufactures  
Congressional Districts  
Congressional Districts, Apportionment  
Constitutional Amendments  
General Land Office (Chair) 
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Claims and Accounts  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  

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