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Olin Wellborn
United States Congressman
Texas 3rd Congressional District

In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by James W. Throckmorton
Succeeded by James H. Jones
United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District

In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Christopher Upson
Succeeded by Jo Abbott
District Judge
United States District Court for the Southern District of California

In office
Personal details
Born (1843-06-18)June 18, 1843
Cumming, Georgia
Died December 26, 1921(1921-12-26) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place Angelus-Rosedale
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Emory University
Univ North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Profession Attorney
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Confederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Commands 4th Georgia Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Olin Wellborn (June 18, 1843 – December 6, 1921) was an American politician. He served in the United States House of Representatives from Texas.

Early years

Born in Cumming, Georgia, Wellborn attended the common schools, Emory University, Oxford, Georgia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Military service

He enlisted in the Confederate States Army in 1861 and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of Captain in Company B, Fourth Georgia Cavalry.

Legal profession

At the close of the war, he settled in Atlanta. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced the practice of law in Atlanta.

In 1871, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and continued the practice of his profession.

Public service

Wellborn was elected as a Democratic Representative to the Forty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1887).[1] Re-districting in 1882 changed the 6th District to the 3rd District.[2] He served as chairman of the House Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress.

Later years

Wellborn moved to San Diego, California, in 1887, and continued the practice of his profession for six years. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1893.

Judicial service

President Grover Cleveland appointed Wellborn as District Judge the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1895, which office he held until January 20, 1915, when he retired.[3][4]


Olin Wellborn died at age 78 in Los Angeles. He is interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.


  1. Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Wellborn". Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  2. Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 
  3. "U.S. District Courts for the Districts of California". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. "Wellborn Retires". 18 January 1915. 


  • Olin Wellborn at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Throckmorton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. Jones
Preceded by
Christopher Upson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jo Abbott

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