Titus, James (1775–1843)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

James Titus, farmer and politician, was born in Virginia on December 10, 1775. As a child he moved to Tennessee with his parents and subsequently to Alabama, where he served in the state legislature. Later he returned to Tennessee. Titus first visited Texas in 1832, accompanied by his son Andrew J. Titus, when the elder Titus was employed by the United States government to aid in removing the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians to Indian Territory. He returned to Tennessee, then came back to Texas in 1839 and settled in Red River County, where he is credited with opening the first post office in the county. Titus was elected to the Senate of the Seventh Texas Legislature in 1842 to fill the unexpired term of Robert Potter, who had been killed in the Regulator-Moderator War. Titus was reelected to the Senate of the Eighth Legislature. On November 21, 1843, he died at his home near Savannah, Texas.

Clarksville Northern Standard, November 25, 1843. Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

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

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Titus, James,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/titus-james.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995