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W.H. Ledbetter William Hamilton Ledbetter
Full Name: William Hamilton Ledbetter
Date of birth: December 23, 1834
Date of death: April 24, 1896

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 11, 1881 15th (2)   16th (1)   Democrat La Grange / Fayette   Bastrop, Fayette, Lee
H 50 Aug 1, 1864 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (4)     La Grange / Fayette   Fayette

(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "long term" (four years). Senate Journal. April 14, 1876 April 27, 1876
(3) Census of 1860, 1870, and 1880 - William H. Ledbetter, La Grange, Fayette County. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1880
(4) William Ledbetter, in special election 8/1/1864, sworn in 2nd Called Session, succeeded William Hunt, given leave of absence for remainder of 1st Called Session on 5/23/1864, and died thereafter. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch in "State Senators Elect: Personal Sketches Completed - Seventeen Lawyers, Seven Grangers, Two Doctors, One Editor and Four Colored Politicians - the Political Structure of the New Senate of Texas," 3/3/1876, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • LEDBETTER, WILLIAM HAMILTON (1834-1896). Home in La Grange and after his Texas Senate service (after 1880), "he thereafter served several terms as mayor of La Grange." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 43-44. "[Current] Senator W.H. Ledbetter was born in Tennessee, but came to Texas with his father, Col. W.H. Ledbetter. . . Mr. Ledbetter was once a Whig, but when the Whig party went down he accepted the situation, became a Democrat." Served previously in called session of the 10th Legislature. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 247-248. William Hamilton Ledbetter, of La Grange, Fayette County. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 193. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Biographical sketch, Footprints of Fayette. Fayette County, TXGenWeb Project.
  • Biographical sketches of Thomas A. Ledbetter and W.H. Ledbetter include information on their father Hamilton Ledbetter. Relatives: Hamilton Ledbetter - father, W.H. Ledbetter, son. Fayette County, TXGenWeb Project. Thomas A. Ledbetter W.H. Ledbetter
  • Other Resources
  • Account of Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic nominee for Senator from Bastrop and Fayette counties, being challenged by his father, Hamilton Ledbetter, Esq., nominated by "the radicals," election date 12/2/1873, election results for Senator, 26th District, Bastrop County: H. Ledbetter - 1155, W. Ledbetter - 1063; Fayette County: W. Ledbetter - 1506, H. Ledbetter - 1709. Bastrop Advertiser, 11/15/1873, col. 2, 11/29/1873, and 12/20/1873. Crediting Bastrop Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). December 20, 1873 November 15, 1873 November 29, 1873
  • Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Obituary, Dallas Morning News, 4/26/1896. Fayette County, TXGenWeb Project.
  • "Capt. W.H. Ledbetter, Democratic candidate for State Senator, is running against his father Hamilton Ledbetter, People's Convention candidate for same. Hamilton was also nominated as a candidate for same by the Republican Party." Bastrop Advertiser, 11/1/1873. USGenWeb Project, 1996.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.H. Ledbetter, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Agricultural and Mechanical College, Consider Report of the Joint Committee Appointed to Visit  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Educational Affairs (Chair) 
    General Land Office  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Revision of Code  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Federal Relations  
    General Land Office  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Department  

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