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Joseph Abbott
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1897
Preceded by Olin Wellborn
Succeeded by Robert E. Burke
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1840-01-15)January 15, 1840
Morgan County, Alabama, US
Died February 11, 1908(1908-02-11) (aged 68)
Hillsboro, Texas, US
Occupation lawyer, judge, politician
Military career
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States of America Army
Rank Confederate States of America First Lieutenant.png First Lieutenant
Unit 12th Regiment, Texas Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Joseph "Jo" Abbott (January 15, 1840 – February 11, 1908) was a member of the Confederate States Army and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas.


Abbott was born January 15, 1840 in Morgan County, Alabama near Decatur and attended the public schools. He moved with his parents to Freestone County, Texas, in 1853.

During the American Civil War, he served as a first lieutenant in the Twelfth Regiment of the Texas Cavalry. The war over, he resumed his law studies, and being licensed in October, 1866, began his legal practice in Springfield, Limestone County, Texas. He later moved to Hillsboro, Texas where he continued his legal career.

He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives in 1870 and 1871. He was appointed a district judge in the Twenty-Eighth judicial district by Governor Oran M. Roberts. In 1880, he was elected for a full four-year term for that position. In 1886, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, and served in that capacity through the end of Fifty-Fourth Congress in 1897. Upon leaving Congress, he resumed his legal career in Hillsboro, Texas, where he died on February 11, 1908.

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