McCuistion, Mitchell Henderson (1828–1897)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: September 22, 2008

Updated: June 23, 2020

Mitchell Henderson McCuistion, also referred to as McCuition, county official, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, on August 7, 1828, the son of Anthony and Nancy Pollett (Winsett) McCuistion. The McCuistion family relocated to Missouri in 1829, remaining there until 1838, at which time they immigrated to Texas, settling in Lamar County. Here, Anthony McCuistion was a leading businessman and political figure and also took part in a number of expeditions against local Indian tribes. Upon reaching maturity, Mitchell McCuistion engaged as a farmer and served several years during the 1850s as county tax assessor and collector. McCuistion married Margaret Johnson in Lamar County on December 24, 1850. This couple had three sons and two daughters. In 1862 following the outbreak of the Civil War, McCuistion volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, joining Company K of the Ninth Texas Infantry Regiment. McCuistion participated in numerous engagements, including the 1863 battles of Chickamauga and Jonestown and the 1864 Atlanta and Nashville campaigns. Following the battle of Nashville, McCuistion and elements of his unit retreated into Alabama where they surrendered to Union forces in 1865. In the course of the war he had served as lieutenant, commissary officer, and quartermaster.

After his parole he returned to Lamar County where his wife had died in 1862. McCuistion remarried to the widowed Nancy (Holbrook) Moore on July 15, 1866. This couple had three sons and two daughters. In addition to resuming his farming pursuits, McCuistion increasingly assumed a leading role in state and local politics. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Eleven—comprised of Lamar and Fannin counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. He was reelected in 1876, representing District Eighteen—Lamar County—during the Fifteenth Texas Legislature. McCuistion died in Lamar County on June 11, 1897, and was buried there at Shady Grove Cemetery. He was a member of both the Grange and the Farmers Allianceqqv as well as a Christian, a Mason, and an Odd Fellow.

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas (Chicago: Battey, 1889; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). IGI Individual Record, "Mitchell Henderson McCuistion" (, accessed August 15, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).
  • Fourteenth Legislature (1874-1875)
  • Fifteenth Legislature (1876)
  • House

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, “McCuistion, Mitchell Henderson,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 11, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 22, 2008
June 23, 2020