Hudson William Nelson

Full Name: Hudson William Nelson
Date of birth: 1813
Date of death: December 30, 1878

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 10 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Sulphur Springs / Hopkins   Hopkins, Hunt, Wood
S 9 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (1) (2) (3)     Sulphur Springs / Hopkins   Hopkins, Lamar

(1) 11th Legislature - All 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials, oath of office administered, 8/6/1866, pp. 2, 4-5. Senate Journal.
(2) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(3) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: H.W. Nelson, Bright Star, Hopkins County, nativity Maryland, farmer, age 52 in 1866 (born circa 1814). Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - H.W. Nelson, Shelby County, Alabama, age 46, born circa 1814 in Maryland, farmer.
    Census of 1870 - Hudson W. Nelson, Hopkins County, age 56, born circa 1814 in Maryland, farmer. FamilySearch. 1860 1870
  • Mentioned in history of Senatorial redistricting for Lamar County, "Backward Glances (from the scrapbooks of the late A.W. Neville, Editor of the Paris News, 1936-1956, 3/14/1951)," republished 8/26/1976, p. 6. Paris News.
  • Hudson W. Nelson family story, "Reilly Springs," The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Texas), 7/6/2001, p. 4, crediting Hopkins County Genealogical Society. "Col. Hudson W. Nelson is buried in the Reilly Springs Cemetery and was a native of Maryland." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1866. Journal of the Texas State Convention: Assembled at Austin, Feb. 7, 1866. Adjourned April 2, 1866, pp. 3-5. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.


  • Photograph. H.W. Nelson, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. H.W. Nelson, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. H.W. Nelson, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Internal Improvements  
Pension Law  
11th R.S. - 1866
Claims and Accounts  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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