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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
  • Mentioned on p. 831 of biographical sketch of Ex-Governor James W. Throckmorton, pp. 831-833. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • BROWN, JOHN HENRY (1820-1895). Brown served in the legislature for three terms. "Tired and suffering from ill health," Brown moved in 1858 to Belton. Served as Mayor of both Galveston and Dallas. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch states that John Henry Brown served in the legislature before and after a two-term stint as mayor of Galveston, p. 129. History of Texas Together With a Biographical History. . . of The Cities of . . . Houston and Galveston, Containing a Concise History of the State, With Portraits and Biographies of Prominent Citizens. . ., 1895.
  • Portrait and biography. Brown "represented Galveston County in the state legislature from 1855-1857. Then in 1859, he moved to Belton . . . He moved to Dallas in 1871 and two years later was again elected to the state legislature." Lone Star Junction, 1995.
  • 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. Ancestry.com.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. John Henry Brown, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • 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
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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