Jonathan Lewter, also spelled Luter, legislator, was born on August 5, 1818, in Autauga County, Alabama, son of Matthew and Sarah (Parnell) Lewter. He married Mary A. Worrell of South Carolina on January 7, 1841. The couple moved to Rusk County, Texas, in 1845. In 1847 they settled in Smith County. In 1850 Lewter was elected assessor and collector of Smith County. He remained in that position for seven years. He resigned in 1857 after being elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1859. Lewter spoke out in favor of secession at a mass meeting in Smith County in January 1861.
Lewter served as the captain of Company F of the Fifteenth Texas Infantry during the Civil War. He joined in October 1861 and remained a captain until the end of the war. After the war he served in the Eleventh Legislature in 1866. Around 1869 Lewter and his family moved to Dexter, Cooke County. In the 1880 census for Cooke County, Lewter listed his occupation as farmer.
Mary Lewter died in 1886 and is buried in McCulloch County. Jonathan Lewter died in Dexter on June 21, 1903.
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William DeRyee and R. E. Moore., The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature. (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Family Search, "Jonathan Lewter" (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed August 14, 2006. Smith County Rootsweb (http://rootsweb.com/~txsmith/pioneers/dean/mjdean.html), accessed August 14, 2006. Rose Denson, "Bryant Worrell" (http://crhailey.tripod.com/worrellhist/bryantsoff.html), accessed August 14, 2006.
Eleventh Legislature (1866)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Stephanie P. Niemeyer,
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed June 28, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
August 31, 2008