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HESTER, THOMAS ASBURY (1820–1910). Thomas A. Hester, county official, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born Lawrence, Newton County, Mississippi, on October 6, 1820 (according to the date on his headstone). He married Julia Ann Hanley at Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 15, 1845; they had eight children by the census of 1870. Hester immigrated to Texas in the late 1840s, settling in Hallettsville, Lavaca County. In 1852 he served as county commissioner, and from 1854 through 1861 he served as district clerk. In the late 1850s Hester was first lieutenant for Precinct One, Forty-fourth Brigade, Texas State Militia. In August 1861 following the outbreak of the Civil War, Hester volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, joining Whitfield's Rifles, a unit eventually incorporated into the Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry Regiment. He served as first lieutenant and assistant quartermaster until May 1862 when he received promotion to captain and quartermaster.

Thomas Hester resigned his commission in May 1863 and returned to Lavaca County where he resumed his political activity. He was reelected district clerk in 1865, and remained in this post until 1870. In 1872 Hester won election on the Democratic ticket as representative for District Twenty-Five—comprised of Colorado and Lavaca counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. Hester's final turn at public service was as county judge, a position he held from 1876 through 1890. Thomas A. Hester died on April 23, 1910, and was buried in Hallettsville City Cemetery. He was a Methodist.


Paul C. Boethel, The History of Lavaca County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1936; rev. ed., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1959). Paul C. Boethel, On the Headwaters of the Lavaca and the Navidad (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1967). IGI Individual Record: "Thomas Hester" (, accessed July 12, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

Aragorn Storm Miller


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "HESTER, THOMAS ASBURY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on August 24, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.