RECTOR, JOHN B.
RECTOR, JOHN B. (1837–1898). John B. Rector, lawyer and judge, was born on November 24, 1837, in Jackson County, Alabama, the son of L. L. and Agnes (Black) Rector. In 1847 he moved with his family to Bastrop County, Texas, where his father established a plantation. Rector attended Yale College. He graduated in 1859, read law with Royal T. Wheeler, and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1860. He began the practice of law in Austin. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Eighth Texas Cavalry, Terry's Texas Rangers. He served throughout the conflict and surrendered with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army in May 1865. After resuming the practice of law in Bastrop, Rector was elected district attorney for the Second Judicial District on June 25, 1866. He held that position until Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds ordered his removal in November 1867. Rector married Ludie W. Barton, a native of Mississippi, on December 25, 1866. They had no children.
By early 1871, although he had served in the Confederate Army and been removed from office by the military in 1867, Rector had become a Republican. Governor Edmund J. Davis appointed him judge of the Thirty-first Judicial District in February 1871, and he served on the bench until adoption of the Constitution of 1876. He then returned to the practice of law in Austin. He also became very active in Republican party politics, serving on the state platform committee in 1884, as chairman of the state executive committee in 1886–88, and as a delegate to the national convention in 1888 and 1892. In 1884 he ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the Tenth District seat in the United States House of Representatives. Rector retired from his law practice in July 1888, but in March 1892 President Benjamin Harrison appointed him judge of the Northern Judicial District of Texas. He held that position until his death in Austin on April 9, 1898. After Episcopal rites, he was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Randolph B. Campbell, "RECTOR, JOHN B.," accessed August 04, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fre06.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.