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James G. Bourland
Full Name: James G. Bourland
Date of birth: August 11, 1801
Date of death: August 20, 1879

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 0 Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (1) (2) (3)     Unknown / Lamar   Bowie, Fannin, Lamar, Red River
S 0 Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)     Unknown / Lamar   Bowie, Fannin, Lamar, Red River

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 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).
(3) 2nd Legislature - Roll of Districts, oath of office, 12/13/1847, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(4) LAMAR COUNTY. Lamar County "was established by act of the Fifth Congress of the republic on December 17, 1840, and organized by election on February 1, 1841." Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Bourland was a floating senator "conjointly" elected from Bowie, Red River, Fannin, and Lamar counties. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) 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).
(7) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "first class" (2-year term). Senate Journal.
(8) 1st Legislature - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 2/16/1846, p. 4. Senate Journal.
(9) Constitution of 1846, Article III, ยง 32, Enumeration of senatorial districts, states "the counties of Fannin, Lamar, Red River, and Bowie, conjointly, shall elect one senator." Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(10) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch of Col. James G. Bourland, general notes, noted events in his life. Relatives: Col. James G. Bourland, father-in-law; Col. A.B. Manion, son-in-law. Ancestors of Col. James G. Bourland, 2009.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 98. Mentioned in biographical sketch of John G. Young, pp. 937-938. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • BOURLAND, JAMES G. (1801-1879). "He lived in Kentucky and Tennessee, where he traded in slaves and horses, before he moved to what is now Lamar County, Texas, in 1837." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • DAY, SAMUEL C. (1822-1886). Relatives: James G. Bourland, father-in-law; Samuel C. Day, son-in-law. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Colonel James Bourland Timeline. Book available at Texas State Library & Archives, 929.2 B667a, Genealogy Collection. Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains, 2006.
  • Biographical sketch and photo of Colonel James G. Bourland courtesy of Patricia Adkins-Rochette, Duncan, OK www.bourlandcivilwar.com; James Bourland Grave and Home restoration, photos courtesy of Webmaster and Daryl Coleman (page 6). Lee-Bourland Camp 1848, Gainesville, Texas, 2009, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  • James G. Bourland. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Bourland's Texas Cavalry Regiment (Border Regiment). Biographical sketch, pp. 29, 122-123. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in account of secession debates and vigilantism in the Sulphur Forks watershed counties of East Texas, pp. 35-41. Brush Men and Vigilantes: Civil War Dissent in Texas, 2000.
  • Relatives: William H. Bourland and James G. Bourland - brothers, "Carnahan / Carter Connections," RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Biographical notes, p. 172. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Committee Informationtop
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