Joseph Chappell Hutcheson

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For the U.S. federal judge, see Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Jr.
For the Virginia state senator, see Joseph Collier Hutcheson.
Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Sr. (Texas Congressman)

Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Sr. (May 18, 1842 – May 25, 1924), was a Texas politician and a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives.


Hutcheson was born near Boydton, Virginia on May 18, 1842. He attended the local schools, and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1861.

He enlisted in the Confederate States Army for the American Civil War, joining the 21st Virginia Infantry Regiment as a private. He served throughout the war and rose to the rank of captain as commander of Company E, 14th Virginia Infantry.

After the war Hutcheson attended the University of Virginia School of Law, from which he graduated in 1866. He moved to Anderson, Texas, was admitted to the bar, and began to practice. In 1874 Hutcheson moved to Houston, Texas, where he continued to practice law.

A Democrat, he served in the Texas House of Representatives in 1880. In 1892 he was elected to represent Texas' 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, and he was reelected in 1894. Hutcheson served in the 53rd and 54th Congresses, (March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1897). He did not run for reelection in 1896, and resumed the practice of law in Houston.

Hutcheson died at his summer home on Signal Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 25, 1924. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

His son, Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Jr., was a Mayor of Houston and a federal judge.

A grandson, Thad Hutcheson, also a Houston lawyer, was a Republican candidate in the 1957 special election for United States Senator, and was defeated by Democrat Ralph Yarborough. Thad Hutcheson also served as chairman of the Texas GOP.[1]


  1. ^ "Hurliman to Hutchings". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Stewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Henry Ball