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Bridget Lensing
James Henry Faubion.
State legislator James Henry Faubion (1844–1930). Courtesy Legislative Reference Library of Texas and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

FAUBION, JAMES HENRY (1844–1930). James Henry Faubion, Texas state legislator, son of Margaret (McSween) Faubion and Tilghman Alexander Howard Faubion, was born on August 20, 1844, in Cocke County, Tennessee. Faubion grew up in Tennessee alongside his siblings Sophronia Elizabeth Pangle, Samuel Hamilton Faubion, Marion Alexander Faubion, and Sarah Tennessee Pangle. When he was not quite seventeen years old, Faubion enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Company C, Twenty-sixth Tennessee Infantry. The Twenty-sixth Infantry, including Faubion, was captured at Fort Donelson. He spent eight months as a prisoner of war until his release at Vicksburg, Mississippi, in September 1862. The regiment later participated in campaigns at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and others. He served through the duration of the Civil War and earned the rank of first sergeant. 

In September 1865 Faubion moved with his family to Texas, where he met his first wife Margaret Carolina Mason. They were married on December 22, 1868. They had seven children: Earl Mason, Mary Lelia, Addie Belle, Margaret Maude, Lola Sophronia, Katherine McSween, and Oran Ernest. Margaret passed away in 1902, and Faubion married Pauline Gail Tindler Brydson on November 29, 1906; she brought six children of her own to their marriage. Settling in the vicinity of Leander, Texas, where he had a 200-acre farm, Faubion became involved in politics at the local level at the end of Reconstruction. In 1873 he was elected justice of the peace and county commissioner in Williamson County, and he also served as school trustee and a constable. 

In 1884 Faubion, a Democrat, was elected as the representative of District 78 (later District 71, Williamson County) to the Nineteenth Texas Legislature. He served in the House for four consecutive terms before moving on to one term in the state Senate in the Twenty-eighth legislature from 1903 to 1905, when he represented District 20, which comprised Burnet, Lampasas, Travis, and Williamson counties. During his time in the legislature, he advocated the settlement of public lands and framed the law requiring cattlemen to take out formal leases. He was a legislative opponent of the convict lease system and actively promoted elementary education. His many committee memberships included chairing the Agricultural Affairs Committee in 1887 and 1889, and as a state senator he chaired the Mining and Irrigation Committee. 

In addition to farming and raising stock, Faubion owned a store that sold lumber, hardware, and furniture, and in the 1890s he served as president of the Farmers’ Insurance Company. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a colonel and commander of the Confederate Veterans Association, and an elder in the Old School Cumberland Presbyterian Church. James Henry Faubion passed away on June 9, 1930, in Leander, Texas. He was buried there in Bagdad Cemetery.


History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). “James Henry Faubion,” Find A Grave Memorial (https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16561614), accessed October 25, 2016. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: J. H. Faubion (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=3234&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=faubion~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed October 25, 2016. Soldier Details: Faubion, James H., The Civil War, National Park Service (https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=A03F119C-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A), accessed March 9, 2017.

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