While our physical offices are closed until further notice in accordance with Austin's COVID-19 "stay home-work safe" order, the Handbook of Texas will remain available at no-cost for you, your fellow history enthusiasts, and all Texas students currently mandated to study from home. If you have the capacity to help us maintain our online Texas history resources during these uncertain times, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you for your support of TSHA and Texas history. Donate Today »


Brian Hart

WHARTON, TURNER ASHBY (1862–1935). Turner Ashby Wharton, clergyman, was born to Jesse Rankin and Martha Lavinia (Turner) Wharton on July 8, 1862, at Greensboro, North Carolina. He was educated at a number of southern colleges and seminaries and received the B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1883, the B.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, in 1886, and the D.D. degree from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1898. Wharton also received an honorary LL.D. degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, in 1925. He was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church of the United States in 1886, the same year in which he married Lucy Taliaferro, of Roanoke, Virginia. Wharton served successively as pastor of churches at Waynesville and Steel Creek, North Carolina; Abingdon, Virginia; and Memphis and Columbia, Tennessee. He was a moderator in the Synod of Tennessee in 1907. In 1909 he accepted the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church in Sherman, Texas, a position that he held until his retirement in 1928. During his years in Sherman he also served as a member of the city's charter commission, chairman of the city health department, member of the chamber of commerce, chairman of the Speakers' Bureau for North Texas during World War I, and a moderator in the Synod of Texas in 1919. Following the death of his first wife, with whom he had four children, Wharton married Floy Hurt of Abingdon, Virginia, in 1899. The couple raised three children of their own, as well as those from Wharton's first marriage. One of these children, Conway T. Wharton, succeeded his father as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sherman. Wharton was a Democrat and a Mason. He died of heart disease on October 25, 1935.

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.

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, Brian Hart, "WHARTON, TURNER ASHBY," accessed July 06, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwh07.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...