Henry Russell Latimer, the son of Jane (Hamilton) and James L. Latimer, was born on May 3, 1817, in Carroll County, Tennessee. He moved to Red River County, Texas, in 1834. In 1836 he volunteered for the Texas army under William Becknell and did picket duty along the Rio Grande. After Texas independence Latimer completed his education at Princeton, Kentucky, and returned to Texas in 1841 to begin the practice of law at Clarksville. On December 25, 1843, he married Lucinda A. Shelton, and in 1844 he moved to Lamar County, where he became chief justice. He represented Lamar County at the Convention of 1845. In 1852 he moved back to Red River County and from 1870 to 1873 represented Red River and Titus counties in the Senate of the Twelfth and Thirteenth legislatures. He died at his home on September 3, 1887.