James B. McCown

Full Name: James B. McCown
Other surnames: McCowan
Date of birth: February 11, 1808
Date of death: July 6, 1852

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H Harrison Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (1) (2)     Unknown / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Upshur

(1) James B. McCown served in the 1st and 2nd Legislatures; J.B. McCown served in the 6th Legislature. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Election returns for Harrison County show 447 votes for James McCown for represenatative. Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston, Texas), 1/7/1846, 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

  • Biographical notes, Relatives: James McCown (1808-1852) and Jerome B. McCown (1821-1887) - brothers. "Upon the death of their father, James was appointed guardian for his brother Jerome." "James, his mother, his brother Sampson, and brothers Alexander and Jerome and their families moved as a group to Texas from Tuscaloosa, Alabama in November 1841 . . . Jerome was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in the Second Legislature in 1847. He was also elected to the Sixth Legislature in 1855." Message board post, Wedemeyer by Nancy Wedemeyer. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Biographical sketch included in the "Guide to the McCowan Family Papers, 1848-circa 1866." "He [James McCown] also served in the first Texas State Legislature." Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. Texas Archival Resources Online, 2010.

Military Service Notes

  • Quartermaster, Texas Regiment of Volunteers, Somerville Expedition 1842. James McCown, born 2/11/1808 in Tennessee, died 7/6/1852 in Texas, burial in Marshall Cemetery, Marshall, Harrison County. Includes portrait, biographical sketch. Find a Grave.

Other Resources

  • "In 1839, W. W. Shepperd sold the town of Montgomery, Texas to James McCown for $8,000.00." The Early History of Montgomery, Texas, 2011.
  • Mentioned in "McCown Family History: McCowns Montgomery and Harrison Co, Texas." James served a single term in the Texas Legislature. His brother, Jerome, served two terms. Google Groups.
  • Mentioned in discussion of Harrison County religious life and denominations, pp. 102-103. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Included on list of "Texas Whigs Named in Newspapers and Identified From the Census of 1850," Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 30-33. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Committee Information top

1st R.S. - 1846
Internal Improvements  
Land Office  

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