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Lieut James Madison Pearson

Lieut James Madison Pearson

Birth
Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, USA
Death 1 May 1915 (aged 71)
McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 16
Memorial ID 6625830 · View Source
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James Madison Pearson II was born September 4, 1843 in Dadeville, Alabama, the son of James Madison Pearson and Elizabeth Ann Brown Pearson. His early education was in schools in Alabama, later went to Emory College in Georgia and later the University of Alabama. At the outbreak of the Civil War he ran away from school and enlisted in Company E. Thirtieth Infantry of Alabama. He soon became a 2nd Lt. and served in eastern Tennessee under Kirby Smith. He was in the Kentucky Campaign and fought several battles in Mississippi. He was taken prisoner during the battle at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863 and taken to Johnson's Island in Lake Erie, where he was held for 22 months. He later said during this long confinement he memorized Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. In March of 1865 he was returned to the South where he began to study law. He was admitted to the bar in Mississippi. In 1871 he entered the law department of Washington University and in 1873 won his L.L.D.
In 1875 he came to McKinney, Texas, to practice law. In 1878 he married Mary Belle Powell and made his home at 318 South Tennessee. In 1893 he became McKinney's first mayor and served five terms, unopposed. During his tenure he established the first water-works system, established the first sewage system, built the first public school, improved the streets and sidewalks, extended the city limits, revised the City ordinances, and received $1.00 as mayor.
In 1901 he was appointed by the Governor to entertain Eastern Capitalists, the New York Chamber of Commerce, and eastern merchants who wanted to tour Texas. In his speech he referred to McKinney as "the diamond pin on the bosom of Texas", a term that was widely used by the press. In March 31, 1903, he was appointed judge of the 59th district of Texas by Governor Latham. He served for three terms until ill health forced him to retire.
Judge Pearson was a Confederate soldier, a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Odd Fellows, and the Benevolent Order of the Elks. He is written up in the Encyclopedia of Famous Texans, p. 92 published by Southern Publishing Company in 1880.

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2nd Lieut. James Masison Pearson Co. E 30th Alabama Inf. CSA

Gravesite Details This Confederate officer served the state of Alabama during the war of 1861-65. He died Oct. 1st 1915 at age 72.

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  • Originally Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 21 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6625830
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut James Madison Pearson (4 Sep 1843–1 May 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6625830, citing Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .