J.W. Motley

James W. Motley

Full Name: James W. Motley
Date of birth: September 3, 1836
Date of death: June 4, 1887

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 3 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 11, 1881 15th (2) (3) (4)   16th (1)   Democrat Overton / Rusk   Panola, Rusk, Shelby

(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Henderson, Rusk County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 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
(4) Biographical sketch, John W. Motley, p. 227. 15th Legislature - "When the conflict [Civil War] was over and he had returned to his home in Overton, his fellow citizens elected him to the Senate as a Democrat." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederal States Army, Assistant Surgeon, 17 Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, James W. Motley, M.D., birth date 9/3/1837, death date 6/4/1887, burial in Overton City Cemetery, Overton, Rusk County. Find a Grave.
  • Confederate States Army, James W. Motley, assistant surgeon, 17th Texas Regiment. United States War Department, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 2, Volume 5, p. 344, crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - James W. Motley, Rusk County, age 34, born circa 1836 in Alabama, physician and farmer, in household with Ann Motley.
    Census of 1880 - J.W. Motley, Overton, Rusk County, age 43, born circa 1837 in Alabama, physician, wife Ann. FamilySearch. 1870 1880
  • John W. Motley. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Death notice, "Dr. J.W. Motley," The Galveston Daily News, 6/5/1887, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. ". . .state senator from this district in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth legislatures. . ." Date of death 6/4/1887. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. J.W. Motley, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

16th R.S. - 1879
Agricultural Affairs  
Educational Affairs  
Executive Mansion  
Insurance, Statistics and History  
Private Land Claims  
Public Claims and Accounts  
Public Printing  
State Affairs  
State Asylums (Chair) 
State Asylums (Co-Chair) 
Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
15th R.S. - 1876
Agricultural Affairs  
Private Land Claims  
Public Lands  
Public Printing  
State Asylums  
State Penitentiaries  
Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  

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