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James W. Flanagan

James Winright Flanagan
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
March 30, 1870 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by Louis Wigfall
Succeeded by Samuel B. Maxey
11th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
Governor Vacant
Preceded by George W. Jones
Succeeded by Donald Campbell
Personal details
Born (1805-09-05)September 5, 1805
Gordonsville, Virginia
Died September 28, 1887(1887-09-28) (aged 82)
Longview, Texas
Political party Republican

James Winright Flanagan (September 5, 1805 – September 28, 1887) was an American merchant, lawyer, and farmer from Henderson, Texas. He served as the eleventh Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1869 and 1870, and then represented Texas in the United States Senate from 1870 to 1875.

Early life

James was born to Charles and Elizabeth (Saunders) Flanagan in Albemarle County near Gordonsville, Virginia. Before his tenth birthday, the family moved to Boonesboro, Kentucky. As a young man he moved to Cloverport, Kentucky, on the Ohio River and became a prosperous merchant. He also read law and was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1825. He married Polly Moorman in 1826 and the couple had several children before moving to Henderson, Texas, in 1844.


Flanagan established himself in Henderson by opening a store. He bought a farm, speculated in land, and practiced law. Politically, he was a Whig and an active supporter of Sam Houston. He later became a moderate Republican. Flanagan served in the Texas House of Representatives (1851–1852) and the Texas State Senate (1855–1858).

When the Civil War came to Texas, Flanagan was a Unionist, but he withdrew to his farm and lived quietly. He returned to active politics during the Reconstruction. He served as a delegate to both Constitutional Conventions. The first, in 1866, produced a state constitution that was rejected by the Radical Republicans in the U.S. Congress. The second, in 1868–1869, was successful.

Under the new Constitution, Flanagan was elected Lieutenant Governor. He served there only until 1870, when Texas was readmitted to the Union. The legislature named him, along with Democrat Samuel Maxey. In the Senate he was a supporter of the Grant Administration.

Later life

After his Senate term, Flanagan took up residence on one of his farms near [[

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