Representative Jo (Joseph) ABBOTT

YEARS 1840-1908
OFFICE Representative
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 50th (1887-1889), 51st (1889-1891), 52nd (1891-1893), 53rd (1893-1895), 54th (1895-1897)

Representative Jo (Joseph) ABBOTT Biography

ABBOTT, Jo (Joseph), a Representative from Texas; born near Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., January 15, 1840; Twelfth Texas Cavalry, Confederate States of America, 1859-1865; lawyer, private practice; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1870-1871; district judge, Hill County, Johnson County, and Bosque County, Tex., 1879-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; died on February 11, 1908, in Hillsboro, Tex.; interment in Old Cemetery, Hillsboro, Tex. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of Texas at Austin Center for American History Austin, TX Papers: In the Oscar B. Colquitt Papers, 1890s, 15 letters. The letters relate to Jo Abbott’s service in Congress. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Jo (Joseph) ABBOTT Committee Assignments

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