Glasscock, George Washington, Jr. (1845–1911)

By: Carolyn Hyman

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 29, 2019

George Washington Glasscock, Jr., lawyer, judge, politician, and soldier, was born in Travis County, Texas, on January 10, 1845, the son of Cynthia C. (Knight) and George Washington Glasscock. After the Civil War, during which he served in the Thirty-third Texas Cavalry, he married Jane Helen Boatner and shortly thereafter went into the mercantile business in Navasota. In 1867 an epidemic of yellow fever drove him from Navasota, and he was in business at Austin for a time. He began reading law in 1872 and was admitted to the bar in 1874. In 1879 he moved his practice to Georgetown, where he served as county attorney of Williamson County and as county judge until 1884, when he was elected to the Texas Senate. Glasscock served in the Nineteenth through Twenty-second legislatures. During his first term he was a member of the Senate Committee on Public Buildings, which presided over the construction of the new Capitol; in his second term he was chairman of the Senate education committee and served on the judiciary, finance, and asylum committees. When he sought reelection as a Democrat for the Twenty-first Legislature in 1888, he quarreled with the president of the Senate and other leaders of the Democratic party over nominating procedures at the Travis County convention, and ended up running as an independent Democrat against B. C. Giles, the official nominee of his party. After winning the election Glasscock protested his treatment at the hands of the party by withdrawing from most of his committees. In spite of his dissatisfaction with the Democrats, he was considered an industrious worker who involved himself in most of the acts of the sessions he attended, and was an eloquent speaker and an accomplished debater. After serving in the twenty-second session he returned to Georgetown, where he practiced law and acquired extensive holdings in farmland and town real estate. Later, he served in the Senate of the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Texas legislatures. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, the Masonic lodge, and Confederate veterans' organizations. He died in Georgetown on May 11, 1911.

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

Carolyn Hyman, “Glasscock, George Washington, Jr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 10, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 29, 2019