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DIAL, JOHN (1790–1844). John Dial, early settler and legislator, was born on January 19, 1790. In March 1837 he moved to what is now Shelby County, Texas, with his wife, Anna, whom he had married on June 16, 1816, and their eight children. In 1838 he was granted a conditional certificate for land in Shelby County, and in 1841 he received an unconditional certificate. He represented Shelby County in the House of Representatives of the Seventh Congress, 1842–43. In 1844 he furnished supplies to Capt. L. H. Mabbitt's company in Shelby County. The same year he represented the Moderators in the peace talks at the end of the Regulator-Moderator War. He was a member-elect of the Ninth Congress when he died in Shelby County on December 4, 1844.


Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin. Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Carolyn Hyman


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

Carolyn Hyman, "DIAL, JOHN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.