Loving, Jesse P. (1835–1919)

By: David Minor

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 19, 2020

Jesse P. Loving, Grayson County politician, newspaper editor, and state legislator, the son of Abraham Rife and Susan E. (Pipkin) Loving, was born near Springfield, Missouri, in 1835. The family moved to Texas in 1847 and settled near Hickory Station in Denton County. As a teenager, Loving earned money hauling supplies from Dallas on an ox-drawn wagon. Later he hauled corn and grain from Fort Worth to Fort Belknap. In 1853 he traveled with his family to Sherman, where he attended school and briefly studied law. For four years he worked in a general store owned by Frank Richards. In 1859 he married Lydia Ellen Bomar; the couple had nine children. In 1859 Loving also became the first president of the Grayson County Fair Association. The following year he was elected county treasurer but declined the office.

When the Civil War began he volunteered for the Confederate Army. He was captured at Newtonia, Missouri, and later exchanged and returned to his unit. He was discharged on May 18, 1865. After the war he returned to Sherman and was elected county treasurer, but Reconstruction policies led to his removal. After the Amnesty Act of 1872 he again was elected treasurer. This time he not only served the entire term but returned to the office for seven consecutive terms. He also represented Grayson County in the Texas House during the Nineteenth Legislature.

In 1884, with three partners, Loving began publishing the Sherman Daily and Weekly Herald. The newspaper became a vehicle to publicize the political and economic views of county farmers. Loving supported North Texas farmers and was an active member in the local Grange and Farmers' Alliance. For years he managed the Farmers' Alliance mill at Sherman. He remained active in Sherman politics and business matters until his health confined him to his home. He was a member of the International Order Of Odd Fellows and in 1861 was the grand master of the Grand Lodge. He died on November 25, 1919, in Sherman and was buried there. Jesse P. Loving Auditorium in Fair Park, Sherman, was built to honor him.

Edward Franklin Bates, History and Reminiscences of Denton County (Denton, Texas: McNitzky Printing, 1918; rpt., Denton: Terrill Wheeler Printing, 1976). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Journalism
  • Agriculture
  • Politics and Government
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters

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

David Minor, “Loving, Jesse P.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/loving-jesse-p.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 19, 2020