Hewitt, William Marion (1794–1868)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 2, 2022

William Marion Hewitt Sr. farmer, soldier, and legislator, was born in Greene County, Georgia, in 1794. He married Martha Ann Duncan in Montgomery County, Alabama, in 1818 and began a family that eventually had at least eight children. He moved to Texas in 1840, established a farm in Shelby County, and quickly assumed a leadership role there. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas, which met from November 1841 until July 1842. Later in 1842 he was a member of the campaigns against Rafael Vásquez and Adrián Woll. After returning to his farm in Shelby County, he was elected a justice of the peace in 1845 and chief justice of Shelby County in 1854. In 1856 he was elected justice of the peace of Precinct One of the county, probably his last elected office. He died in Shelby County on November 4, 1868.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • House
  • Republic of Texas Congressmen
  • Sixth Congress House (1841-1842)
Time Periods:
  • Republic of Texas
  • Antebellum Texas
  • East Texas
  • East Central Texas

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

Cecil Harper, Jr. Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Hewitt, William Marion,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hewitt-william-m.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 2, 2022