Joseph Abbott (Texas politician)

Joseph " Jo " Abbott (* January 15, 1840 in Decatur, Alabama, † February 11, 1908 in Hillsboro, Texas ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1897 he represented the state of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Abbott attended the public schools of his home. In 1853 he came with his parents in the Freestone County, Texas. During the Civil War he served as a lieutenant in the army of the Confederacy. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1870 and 1871 he was a deputy in the Texas House of Representatives. From 1879 to 1884 he served in three counties of Texas as a district judge.

In the congressional elections of 1886, Abbott was the sixth electoral district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Olin Wellborn on March 4, 1887. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1897 five legislative sessions. In 1896 he gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Abbott again practiced as a lawyer. He died on February 11, 1908 in Hillsboro, where he was also buried.