W.H. Tilson

William Harrison Tilson

Full Name: William Harrison Tilson
Date of birth: March 26, 1837
Date of death: October 6, 1909

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 5 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 16th (6) (7)   17th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)   Democrat Texarkana / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris
H 8 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)   Democrat Boston / Bowie   Bowie, Marion, Davis (Cass)

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(5) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Hightower district number not listed with roll call, Tilson is District 4, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(6) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(7) 16th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/14/1879, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(8) Boston, Bowie County. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(9) Census of 1860 - William H. H. Tilson, Beat No. 3, DeKalb post office, Bowie County. Census of 1870 - William H. Tilson, Precinct No. 3, Boston post office, Bowie County. Census of 1880 and 1900 - William H. Tilson, Texarkana, Bowie County. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1880 1900
(10) Boston is the county seat of Bowie County, though the county courthouse is actually located in New Boston. The original Boston, now Old Boston, was the county seat from Bowie County's organization in 1841 to the mid-1880s when it was briefly relocated to Texarkana. Handbook of Texas Online. Handbook of Texas Online
(11) Boston, Cass County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(12) Cass County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • W.H. Tilson, birth date 3/26/1837, death date 10/6/1909, burial in Read Hill Cemetery, New Boston, Bowie County. Find a Grave.
  • Born in 1837; died 10/6/1909. Tilson Geneaology, 1911.


  • Photograph. W.H. Tilson, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.H. Tilson, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. W.H. Tilson, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Commerce and Manufactures  
Constitutional Amendments  
Educational Affairs  
Enrolled Bills  
Judiciary No. 1  
Private Land Claims (Chair) 
Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas  
16th R.S. - 1879
Committee Rooms  
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
Educational Affairs  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Private Land Claims  
State Affairs  
Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
Stock and Stock Raising  
13th R.S. - 1873
Judiciary No. 2  
Land Office, Examine Books and Railroad Certificates  
Public Lands and Land Office  
State Cemetery (Chair) 
Tax Laws, Laws Regulating Fees of Office, and Costs Arising in Judicial Proceedings  
Towns and City Corporations  

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