John W. Robertson

Full Name: John W. Robertson
Date of birth: October 26, 1840
Date of death: June 30, 1892

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 18 Jan 10, 1871 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (1)   Democrat Calvert / Robertson   Freestone, Leon, Robertson

(1) J.W. Robertson, sworn 1/10/1871, succeeded S.J. Adams, sworn 2/12/1870, whose seat was declared vacant 6/6/1870, by reason of election fraud and intimidation. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of his brother James Harvey Robertson, p. 1719. "John W. Robertson of Austin, who had gained the rank of Colonel in the Confederate army and was one of Austin's prominent lawyers and one of the city's early mayors." A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • Obituary, "Judge Jas. W. Robertson," Austin Weekly Statesman, 7/7/1892, p. 4. Birth date 10/26/1840, death date 6/30/1892. " . . . in 1869 moved to Calvert, where he was elected as a representative to the Twelfth legislature of Texas, where he was honored by being appointed chairman of the judiciary committee." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 421-428. Types of Successful Men of Texas, 1890.

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Austin Mayor John Robertson mentioned in "Rediscovering Austin's Jack the Ripper," by Michael Corcoran, American-Statesman Staff, including links to Austin Statesman and other related press reports. Casebook: Jack the Ripper.
  • Census of 1870 - J.W. Robertson, Robertson County, age 29, born circa 1841 in Tennessee, lawyer.
    Census of 1880 - J.W. Robertson, Austin, Travis County, age 39, born circa 1841 in Tennessee, lawyer. FamilySearch. 1870 1880
  • John W. Robertson (1840-1892), burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County. Find a Grave.
  • James and John Robertson mentioned in A Twist At the End: "John and James Robertson were respectively the mayor of Austin and the district attorney of Travis County . . . both of the Robertsons had served a term in the Texas legislature . . ." , p. 136. Relatives: John W. Robertson and James Harvey Robertson - brothers. Google Books.
  • Austin Mayor John W. Robertson and Travis County District Attorney James H. Robertson, brothers, mentioned in "Capital Murder," July 2000, by Skip Hollandsworth. Texas Monthly.

Committee Information top

12th Adjourned - 1871
House Employees, To Determine the Number of  
Impeachment of Judge J.W. Oliver, Select  
Privileges and Elections  
12th R.S. - 1871
Judiciary (Chair) 
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections  

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