Davenport, John G. (unknown–1838)

By: Christopher Long

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

John G. Davenport, newspaper publisher and judge, moved to Texas in the mid-1830s from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he had practiced law for some time. He settled in Matagorda County, where he served as chief justice and judge of probate in 1837–38. On June 28, 1838, he purchased the Matagorda Bulletin from John Warren J. Niles. Davenport edited the paper until his death in October 1838.

Joe B. Frantz, Newspapers of the Republic of Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1940). Matagorda Bulletin, October 4, 1838. Marilyn M. Sibley, Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers before the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983).


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Publishers and Executives
  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Politics and Government
  • Judges

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

Christopher Long, “Davenport, John G.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 25, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/davenport-john-g.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994