Benjamin Harrison Bassett of Texas

Benjamin Harrison Bassett descends from #59B William Henry Bassett as follows (2 lines):

William Henry Bassett of Virginia (b. 1796) and wife Eleanor O’Neill
Benjamin Harrison Bassett (b. 1832) and wife Mary Burnet Bassett

Mary Burnet Bassett descends from #5B William Bassett of Virginia as follows:
William Bassett
William Bassett (b. 1604) and wife Bridget Cary
William Bassett (b. 1671) and wife Joanna Burwell
William Bassett (b. 1709) and wife Elizabeth Churchill
Burwell Bassett (b. 1734) and wife Anna Maria Dandridge
John Bassett (b. 1765) and wife Betty Carter Browne
George Washington Bassett (b. 1800) and wife Betty Burnet Lewis
Mary Burnett Bassett (b. 1839)


BenjBassettTexas2Benjamin Harrison Bassett 1831-1893

The Dallas Morning News, 28 Jun 1893
Major B.H. Bassett
Senior Professor of Law In the Texas University

Hon. B.H. Bassett, who has recently been chosen one of the law professors of the university of Texas, has been a citizen of Texas for nearly forty years. He was born in the parish of St. Mary, La., on the 24th of February, 1831, and is now in his sixty-third year. He was educated at the Jesuit college at Grand Coteau and took the law course at Yale, from which he graduated in 1853. In February, 1854, he came to Texas and settled at Brenham, Washington county, in the practice of law. In 1857 he formed a partnership with Hon. John Sales, which continued, except for the period of the war, for nearly thirty years. In 1886 he associated with him Messrs. J.C. and E.B. Muse under the firm name of Bassett, Muse & Muse and in 1889, he and his present partner, J.C. Muse removed to Dallas, where they at once entered into a large and active practice. Judge Bassett has never sought or held office, except brief terms of service as special supreme and district judge, and a two years’ term as one of the commissioners to codify the laws of Texas, which resulted in the adoption of the revised statues of Texas. His greatest distinction has been achieved in the quiet walks of his profession. In connection with Gen. John Sales he has written a work on Texas pleading and practice and other books in use among the legal profession of the state. It is understood that he has several other works on Texas law in a state of forwardness which will be given to the profession in due time. Upon the organization of state troops by Gov Lubbock in 1862, Judge Bassett was assigned to duty on the governor’s staff as one of his aids, and assisted in the work of organization form which he was afterward relieved at his own request, to take position on the staff of Gen. J.P. Major in the Texas-Mississippi department with whom he served until the close of the war with rank of major. Judge Bassett is still in the full vigor of manhood and health, and in the language of his associates of the Dallas bar, “he brings to the discharge of the duties of his position, a broad and varied experience, a matured judgment, and untiring industry, the modesty and piety of a christian gentleman and a lofty sense of the honor and dignity of his profession.” Mr. J. C. Muse says of him: “It may be well said that the appointment of Judge Bassett to a law professorship in the university is in every way fit to be made, and that it is matter of congratulation to the state at large as well as to the university and the young men who are to enjoy its privileges.”

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