J.B. Simpson

James Bates Simpson

Full Name: James Bates Simpson
Date of birth: 1846
Date of death: January 27, 1905

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 1 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Liberty / Liberty   Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Tyler

(1) Liberty, Liberty County. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(2) Liberty County, list of members elect in typescript journal, p. 3. House Journal.
(3) Orange, Orange County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch of James Bates Simpson included in brother Thomas M. Simpson, Jr.'s sketch, Volume III, p. 1525. "Subsequently locating at Liberty, the county seat of Liberty county, he there became district attorney and was also elected and served as a member of the Legislature." A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Private in the company of Capt. Blackburn, Rust's Brigade; later promoted to Sergeant Major. Obituary, "Col. Simpson Dead," 1/28/1905. Includes description of Simpson's enlistment and battles fought. Dallas Morning News.

Other Resources

  • "Col. James B. Simpson Seriously Hurt," Friday, 1/27/1905, p. 2. Commerce Journal.
  • Obituary, James Bates Simpson, born 1845 in Fort Smith, Arkansas; died 1/27/1905 at his home in Dallas. "Lived for a time in Galveston, then settled at Liberty, where he was district attorney for two years, and was then a member of the State Senate [sic] for a term." Confederate Veteran.
  • "Col. J.B. Simpson Injured," 1/24/1905. Dallas Morning News.
  • Funeral service, photo, "Col. Simpson Buried," 1/30/1905. Dallas Morning News.
  • Obituary and photo, "Col. Simpson Dead," 1/28/1905. Born 1845 in Fort Smith, Arkansas; died 1/27/1905 in Dallas; " . . . he removed to Liberty, where during 1867 and 1868 he was District Attorney of Hardin and Liberty Counties. During the two succeeding years he served in the State Senate [sic] from those counties." Dallas Morning News.
  • J.B. Simpson, lawyer, born in Arkansas (ca. 1846), age 28. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
  • James B. Simpson (1846-1905), burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County. Includes death notice from The Atlanta Constitution, 1/28/1905. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. J.B. Simpson, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Federal Relations  
Impeachment Managers, Judge William Chambers, 1st Judicial District  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Removal of Judge Martin Wheeler, 5th Judicial District  
Town and City Corporations (Chair) 

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