Horace Chilton

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Horace Chilton
Horace Chilton.jpg
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
June 10, 1891 – March 22, 1892
Preceded byJohn H. Reagan
Succeeded byRoger Q. Mills
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byRichard Coke
Succeeded byJoseph W. Bailey
Personal details
Born(1853-12-29)December 29, 1853
Tyler, Texas
DiedJune 12, 1932(1932-06-12) (aged 78)
Dallas, Texas
Political partyDemocratic

Horace Chilton (December 29, 1853 – June 12, 1932) was a printer, lawyer, and Democratic United States Senator from Texas.

Chilton - a grandson of Thomas Chilton - was born near Tyler, Texas, and by age 18 was publishing the tri-weekly Tyler Sun newspaper. At 19 he was admitted to the bar and served as assistant attorney general of Texas between 1881 and 1883 and as a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1888 and 1896.

Appointed to the Senate upon John H. Reagan's resignation in 1891, Chilton was the first native Texan to serve in the United States Congress. Although he was defeated in the 1892 election for the seat, Chilton was elected to the Senate in 1894.

Chilton decided not to run for reelection in 1901, returning to practice law in Tyler and later Beaumont, Texas, where he worked with Spindletop oilfield operations. In 1906 he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he lived until his death. The Horace Chilton papers are held in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, Texas.

  • United States Congress. "Horace Chilton (id: C000357)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John H. Reagan
U.S. senator (Class 1) from Texas
Served alongside: Richard Coke
Succeeded by
Roger Q. Mills
Preceded by
Richard Coke
U.S. senator (Class 2) from Texas
Served alongside: Roger Q. Mills, Charles A. Culberson
Succeeded by
Joseph W. Bailey