J. M. Thurmond

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J. M. Thurmond
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by William Lewis Cabell
Succeeded by J. J. Good
Personal details
Born (1836-02-22)February 22, 1836
Daviess County, Kentucky
Died March 14, 1882(1882-03-14) (aged 46)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Spouse(s) Amanda J. Bentley
Children James M. Thurmond, Jr.
Occupation Lawyer, Judge
Military service
Allegiance Union
Service/branch Co E 4 Kentucky Cavalry
Rank Private

James M. Thurmond (February 22, 1836 – March 14, 1882), attorney, was mayor of Dallas, Texas in 1879–1880.


James M. Thurmond was born February 22, 1836 in Davis County, Kentucky to Philip Thurmond and Rebecca Ann Snead. He married Amanda J. Bentley on February 14, 1880 in Dallas, Texas. They had one son, James M. Thurmond, Jr.

He moved to Texas before 1870 and was appointed mayor of Bryan, Texas by Governor E. J. Davis in 1871. In 1876 Dallas mayoral terms were change from two-year to one-year terms and gave the city council the power to remove a mayor from office. J. M. Thurmond was elected Mayor of Dallas in April, 1879 and re-elected in April, 1880. In September 1880 the city council voted to remove him and elected J. J. Good to fill the vacancy.[1][2][3]

On March 14, 1882, Judge J. M. Thurmond was shot and killed in the courtroom by Robert E. Cowart as the result of an argument between the two men stemming from the removal of Thurmond as mayor. He was interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.


  1. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the City of Dallas. The WPA Dallas Guide and History. Dallas, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28336/. Accessed December 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Dallas Daily Herald. 15 Mar 1882(5)
  3. ^ Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and biographical history of Dallas County, Texas ... : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time ... and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and also of prominent citizens of to-day, Book, 1892; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932 : accessed December 20, 2010), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas.