John Henry Brown

John Henry Brown

Full Name: John Henry Brown
Date of birth: October 29, 1820
Date of death: May 31, 1895

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 21 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Collin, Dallas, Tarrant
H 35 Nov 2, 1857 - Feb 17, 1858 7th (1) (2) (3)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
H 35 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston

(1) Thomas McKinney Jack elected, but never served during a legislative session; succeeded John Henry Brown, who resigned during the interim, sometime after 2/16/1858. Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) Brown present and voting through the end of the session, 2/16/1858. Exact date of resignation unknown. House Journal.
(3) Democrat. 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).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, enlistment rank Captain, enlistment date 7/1/1863. John Henry Brown, portrait, born 1820 in Pike County, Missouri, died 1895 in Dallas County, Texas, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865.
  • Confederate States Army, Major, 6th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, John Henry Brown, birth date 10/29/1820, death date 5/31/1895, portrait, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. Find a Grave.
  • John Henry Brown. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in JACK, THOMAS MCKINNEY (1831-1880). "In 1858 [Jack] was elected to the House of Representatives after the resignation of John Henry Brown." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Roster includes separate entries for John H. Brown, who served in the 13th legislature, and John Henry Brown, who served in the 6th and 7th legislatures. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • "In January, 1858, Major Brown retired" from the Civilian and Galveston Gazette, p. 386. Stuart, Ben C. "Hamilton Stuart: Pioneer Editor," Vol. 21, No. 4, April 1918, pp. 381-388. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1875. Included in Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas: Begun and Held at the City of Austin Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875). Galveston : Printed for the Convention at the "News" Office, 1875, pp. 3-4. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
  • 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.
  • Mentioned in excerpt of Chapter 1, "The Music of Cracking Necks: Dallas Civilization and Its Discontents." White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, 2006.


  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Abstracts of Land Titles (Chair) 
Apportionment (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Internal Improvements  
Rules (Chair) 
State Affairs (Chair) 
7th R.S. - 1857
County Boundaries (Chair) 
Post Office, To Contract for the Transmission of Paper, etc.  
Privileges and Elections  
Slaves and Slavery (Chair) 
State Affairs  
6th R.S. - 1855
Comptroller and Treasurer Books, Examine  
Contingent Expenses  
County and County Boundaries  
Public Printing (Chair) 
State Affairs  

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