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James Alfred Truitt

Full Name: James Alfred Truitt
Date of birth: October 23, 1795
Date of death: June 11, 1870

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 8, 1870 11th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     White Cottage / Shelby   Panola, Sabine, Shelby
S 14 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 6th (10)   7th (6) (7) (8) (9)     Truit's Store / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
S 12 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (11) (12)     Unknown / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
H Shelby Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (13)     Unknown / Shelby   Shelby
H Shelby Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (14)     Unknown / Shelby   Shelby

(1) White Cottage, Shelby County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 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.
(3) Constitution of 1866, Article III, ยงยง 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, ยง 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(5) Lists town of White Cottage (no longer exists), Shelby County. Texas Towns Database (Texas Almanac).
(6) Truit's Store, Shelby County. No address or home county listed for 6th Legislature. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Listed in "Senators holding over: Opposition." Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(8) 7th Legislature - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Senate Journal.
(9) 7th Legislature - Listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(10) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/5/1855, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(11) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(12) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elect presented their credentials, qualified, and took their seats, 11/3/1851, pp. 3-4. Senate Journal.
(13) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(14) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - James Truit, Truit's Store post office, Beat No. 10, Shelby County, age 64, born circa 1796 in North Carolina, farmer, living in household with Mary Truit (age 54), Jams W., and Emaline. FamilySearch.
  • James A. Truit. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • James Truitt, pp. 259, 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.

Photographs

  • Photograph. J. Truitt, 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

11th R.S. - 1866
Private Land Claims (Chair) 
Privileges and Elections  
7th R.S. - 1857
Counties and County Boundaries  
Land Office  
Private Land Claims  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
6th R.S. - 1855
Counties and County Boundaries  
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
4th R.S. - 1851
Penitentiary  
Printing and Contingent Expenses  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
2nd R.S. - 1847
Land Office  
Military Affairs  
Republic of Texas Treasury Notes and Other Liabilities  
1st R.S. - 1846
Claims and Accounts  
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections  

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