William H. Bourland, early settler, soldier, and legislator, was born in Kentucky in 1811 and immigrated to Texas in December 1840. He enlisted in the Texas Rangers in 1841 and led a contingent of men in the battle of Village Creek in May of that year. From 1843 to 1845 he represented Lamar County in the House of the Eighth and Ninth congresses of the republic. On September 2, 1844, he was issued an unconditional certificate for land in Lamar County. In 1845 he introduced a bill to incorporate the town of Paris, the county seat of Lamar County. After annexation he served in the First and Second legislatures from Lamar County and in the Fifth Legislature from Grayson County. He was a major in the Mexican War and after it moved to the Chickasaw Nation, from which his wife had come. He died there on April 2, 1860.