James Wilson Hurt

James Wilson Hurt

Death 10 Jul 1917 (aged 74)
Burial Doddridge, Miller County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 34221378 · View Source
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James Wilson Hurt, who served as a member of the Texas Legislature from 1900-1904, was born February 11, 1843, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The son of James Harvey Hurt and Lucinda Selman, J.W. moved with his family to Douglas County, Georgia in 1850. At age 18, he volunteered and joined Company 1, 30th Georgia Regiment, during the Civil War.

After serving with the regiment J.W. became a member of Company D, First Battalion of Georgia Sharpshooters. He was captured in Nashville, Tennessee and December 16, 1864, and remained a prisoner of war at Camp Chase, Ohio, until June 12, 1865.

J.W. was an honest, fearless, compassionate and intelligent man. A Democrat and active in the Masonic order and was a Baptist.

J.W. married Florence E. Pool of Cass County in 1873. She died in 1897. Florence was 18, James was 30 when they married.

J.W. had the reputation of liking to frequent saloons in Bright Star, Arkansas, with his friend Tom Slay. Florence's mother was not too keen on the idea of her daughter marrying J.W. So, to keep in touch with one another, J.W. and Florence established a post office in a rail fence around Florence's home. In the fence, they would leave notes for none another, confessing undying love.

The couple had eights children

J.W. was a public-spirited man. His motto was "Charity and eternal progress." He taught his children to keep tempers under control, for, he said, whether you are right or wrong, the battle is half lost if one loses his temper.

He was a devout Christian, believing with all his heart in the doctrine of the Baptist Church. he did not preach at anyone unless someone started the conversation. But, when a minister visited, J.W. loved to talk Bible with him and he knew the Old Testament quite well. Each morning while breakfast was being prepared, he read from the New Testament.

Always interested in politics, J.W. served on the State affairs, finance, claims and accountants and irrigation committees while serving as State Representative from District 2 in Austin. He served with such notables as Pat Neff, John Nance Garner and Tom Connelly. He decided to retire from his elected position by not seeking re-election in 1904, though a petition was circulated urging him to run again. J.W. returned to Bloomburg and Cass County and spent his days as a farmer. Another reason for not seeking re-election was his belief that anyone, from the State level to National, should not perennial office seekers.

During his legislative tenure, he was interested in laws concerning churches, schools and roads. J.W. also served during the time the bluebonnet was named the State flower.

J.W. was also one of the few courageous men willing to accompany the body of desperado Cullen Baker to Jefferson,

J.W. died July 10, 1917, from a form of chronic kidney disease. He passed away in his sleep, having told his family, "I wish the good Lord could just let me to go sleep when my time comes to die."

(History of Cass County People, By Cass County Genealogical Society, Atlanta, Texas.)

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  • Created by: Charlotte Hardamon Coble
  • Added: 26 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34221378
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Wilson Hurt (11 Feb 1843–10 Jul 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34221378, citing Macedonia Baptist Cemetery, Doddridge, Miller County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Charlotte Hardamon Coble (contributor 46886606) .