Truitt, James (1795–1870)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: October 1, 1995

James Truitt (Truit), soldier and legislator, was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, on October 23, 1795. Truitt arrived in Texas on April 9, 1839, with his wife, Sarah Hall Truitt, whom he had married in 1814, and his family. A Moderator in the Regulator-Moderator War, Truitt represented the Moderators at a peace conference held at Shelbyville in 1844. During the Mexican War Truitt is said to have commanded a company of Moderators who fought beside a company of Regulators during the battle of Monterrey. In February of 1843 Truitt was elected a justice of the peace in Shelby County, and in December of that same year he was elected to the Eighth Congress as a representative of Shelby County. He was reelected to the Ninth Congress in 1844. Between 1846 and 1866 Truitt represented Shelby County in six state legislatures. He was a member of the House of the First and Second, and a member of the Senate of the Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Legislatures. He married Mary (Hopgood) Wilson in 1849. They had no children. Truitt died in Shelby County on June 11, 1870.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
  • First Legislature (1846)
  • Second Legislature (1847-1848)
  • House

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

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Truitt, James,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 1, 1995