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Horace CHILTON

(1853-1932)
Senate Years of Service:
1891-1892; 1895-1901
Party:
Democrat; Democrat

CHILTON, Horace, (grandson of Thomas Chilton), a Senator from Texas; born near Tyler, Smith County, Tex., December 29, 1853; received private instruction; attended the local schools in Texas and Lynnland Institute, Glendale, Ky.; learned the printing business and published a tri-weekly newspaper in Tyler; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Tyler, Tex.; appointed assistant attorney general of Texas 1881-1883; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John H. Reagan and served from June 10, 1891, to March 22, 1892, when a successor was elected; unsuccessful candidate for election to this vacancy; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1894 and served from March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1901; withdrew as a candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law in Tyler and Beaumont, Tex.; moved to Dallas, Tex., in 1906 and continued the practice of law; died in Dallas, Tex., June 12, 1932; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Tex.

Bibliography

Welch, June Rayfield. “Chilton Served in Both Lines.” In The Texas Senator, pp. 102-5. Dallas: G.L.A. Press, 1978; Welch, June Rayfield. ”Chilton was the First Native Texan to Serve in Congress.” In The Texas Senator, pp. 40-41. Dallas: G.L.A. Press, 1978.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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