J.C. Gaither

James Caldwell Gaither

Full Name: James Caldwell Gaither
Date of birth: April 12, 1826
Date of death: March 8, 1899

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 41 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Landrum / Falls   Bell, Falls, Milam
H 41 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4)   Democrat Marlin / Falls   Bell, Falls, Milam

(1) "Falls county gives the National, State and District democratic tickets about 100 majority, "Elections in Texas: returns from different districts," p. 1, 11/4/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, James C. Gaither. A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas, 1893, p. 933, crediting Lena Armstrong Public Library. Born 4/12/1826 in Iredell County, North Carolina; married Florida Townsend in 1848 in Fayette County; represented Falls County in the 16th and 17th Legislatures. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, James Caldwell Gaither, p. 263. Born 4/12/1825 in Iredell County, North Carolina. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Military Service Notes

  • Mexican War, 1st Lieutenant, Captain Evans' company, John C. Hays' regiment of Texas cavalry. A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas, 1893, p. 933, crediting Lena Armstrong Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • "At the commencement of the late civil war, was captain of a cavalry company, raised for service in the Confederate States army, but owing to ill health, resigned the command; was commissioned a major in the State troops, but did no service." Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Other Resources

  • James C. Gaither, Sr., birth date 4/12/1826 in Iredell County, North Carolina; death date 3/8/1899; burial in Chilton Cemetery, Chilton, Falls County. Includes portrait of Col. James Caldwell Gaither, 1st Corsicana State Home Superintendent. Find a Grave.
  • Included on list of "Texas Whigs Named in Newspapers and Identified From the Census of 1850," Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 30-33. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1875. Included in Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas: Begun and Held at the City of Austin Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875). Galveston : Printed for the Convention at the "News" Office, 1875, pp. 3-4. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.

Photographs

  • Photograph. J.C. Gaither, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. J.C. Gaither, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Lunatic Asylum Building  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
Revenue and Taxation  
16th R.S. - 1879
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Finance  
Judiciary No. 1  
Penal Code, Select  
Penitentiary  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Sale of the Public Domain of the State, Select (Chair) 

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