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W.J. Swain William Jesse Swain
Full Name: William Jesse Swain
Date of birth: February 19, 1839
Date of death: December 20, 1904

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 16th (3) (4) (5)   17th (1) (2)   Democrat Clarksville / Red River   Franklin, Hopkins, Red River, Titus
H 8 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th   Democrat Clarksville / Red River   Red River, Titus

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(3) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(4) 16th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/14/1879, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(5) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • SWAIN, WILLIAM JESSE (1839-1904). Birth date 2/19/1839. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 68-69. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 240-241. Born in 1839. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 232. Born in 1839. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Swain, William Jesse. Birth date 2/19/1840 on headstone. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, First Lieutenant, Company F, Whifield's Legion. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Reports from the San Antonio Herald and the progressive Paris Progress on the status of the democratic party, p. 3, 2/12/1880. Galveston Daily News.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.J. Swain, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Swain, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    General Land Office  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Penitentiaries (Chair) 
    Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on (Co-Chair) 
    Senatorial and Representative Districts  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Federal Relations  
    General Land Office  
    Governor's Message, Election of County Officers in Harrison and Smith Counties  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on (Co-Chair) 
    Penitentiary (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    Revision of Code  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Internal Improvements  
    Judges M. Walker and Wesley Ogden, Supreme Court  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    Removal of Judge J.J. Thornton, 24th Judicial District  

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