Price, Robert James (1832–1901)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller and Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: Biography

Published: May 28, 2014

Robert James Price, state legislator, clerk, Confederate soldier, and farmer, was born in Marion County, Alabama, on December 30, 1832. (Some sources give his birthdate as December 31.) He was the son of Robert James Price, Sr., and Martha Ann (Moore) Price. In 1844 he moved from Alabama to Monroe County, Mississippi. According to Price’s obituary in the Bastrop Advertiser, he first arrived in Bastrop, Texas, in 1846 but later returned to Mississippi in the early 1850s. On January 31, 1854, he married Sarah “Sallie” Burton Mitchell in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi. They had eleven children. Price returned to Texas in the fall of 1854 and settled in Bastrop County. He lived at Cedar Creek, where he worked as a clerk in a dry goods store and as a farm hand. In the later 1850s he was able to purchase a 400-acre homestead on which he grew cotton and raised pigs and cattle. During the Civil War Price enlisted in the Eighth Texas Cavalry, a unit also known as Terry’s Texas Rangers. In 1873 Price won election as a Democratic representative for District 26—comprised of Bastrop and Fayette counties—to the House of the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. He served until April 18, 1876, and was on the committees of Claims and Accounts; Counties and County Boundaries; Education; Internal Improvements; Public Debt; and Roads, Bridges and Ferries. Price died in Bastrop County on May 11, 1901, and was buried there at Trigg Family Cemetery in Hills Prairie.

Bastrop Advertiser , November 8, 1873; May 18, 1901. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Robert Price (, accessed May 28, 2014. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Bill Moore, Bastrop County, 1691–1900 (Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1977).

  • Fourteenth Legislature (1874-1875)
  • House

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

Aragorn Storm Miller and Laurie E. Jasinski, “Price, Robert James,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 28, 2014