W.S.J. Adams

W.S.J. Adams

Full Name: W. S. J. Adams
Date of birth: 1843
Date of death: December 10, 1883

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 70 Apr 18, 1876 - Aug 3, 1876 15th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Comanche / Comanche   Callahan, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Jones, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor

(1) Mentioned in "The news from Austin . . . Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate . . . Hunter restored to his seat . . . Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) W.J.S. Adams, Comanche County. Resignation letter and Gov. Coke's transmittal letter to Speaker, 8/3/1876, pp. 755-756. House Journal. April 18, 1876 August 3, 1876
(3) Adams resigned 8/3/1876. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat. Texas Legal Directory for 1876-77, 1877.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Private, Company C, Terry's Texas Rangers, 8th Cavalry, enlistment date October 1861 in Dallas County. Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900. Ancestry.com.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - W.S.J. Adams, Dallas County, age 24, born circa 1835 in Kentucky, lawyer.
    W.S.J. Adams married Ora Page, 8/8/1877 in Comanche County. FamilySearch. 1860
  • "Over the state - Colorado," 12/10/1883, p. 1. Col. W.J.S. Adams, prominent lawyer of "this place" and ex-member of state legislature, died 12/10/1883. Galveston Daily News.
  • W.S.J. Adams, "Ready to make laws . . . Eighty members present (House)" (organization of the 15th Legislature), 4/19/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
  • Entry for wife Ora Alice Page, p. 456, mentions late Col. W.S.J. Adams, born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, prominent lawyer, died in Colorado, Texas, 12/10/1883. The Genealogy of the Descendants of Henry Kingsbury, of Ipswich and Haverhill, Mass., 1905.
  • W.S.J. Adams. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Delegate to Secession Convention of Texas, 1861. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861. Edited from the original in the department of state by Ernest William Winkler, State Librarian. Texas Library and Historical Commission, the State Library. Austin: Austin Print. Co., 1912, pp. 20-22. Originally published serially in newspapers. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
  • W.S.J. Adams. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.


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

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Arrangements, Prepare for Reception of Portrait of General Tom Green on the 4th of July  
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Capitol Grounds, Investigation of Superintendent F. Voigt  
Engrossed Bills  
Indian Affairs  
Judiciary No. 1  
Privileges and Elections  
State Penitentiary  

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