Kaufman, Texas

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Kaufman is a city in Kaufman County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,490 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Kaufman County[3].

A notable man in Kaufman’s history is Judge James Elizer Dillard (1830-1913) who was famous judge in Kaufman County and became Texas Senator serving two terms.

He enlisted in the notable Third Texas Cavalry, Company C and saw action at Oak Hill, where he was shot through his leg, but the injury did not deter him from serving in several more battles, including Elkhorn (Pea Ridge), Pleasant Hill and Yellow Bayou.

He was elected county judge in Kaufman County and subsequently district judge in Ellis County. In 1870 voters elected him to the state Senate. Dillard's opposition to Reconstruction won him enemies. He was twice expelled from the Senate for making speeches against the bribery and corruption in the legislature, but his constituency sent him back each time. He served his district in the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth legislatures. During the turbulent term of Governor Edmund J. Davis, Dillard took an active part in opposing the "Carpetbag Constitution." By the end of the Coke-Davis controversy, he was a recognized leader in the destruction of misrule and the establishment of a Democratic state government. On January 19, 1874, Dillard and two others, armed with pistols, subdued the guards, stormed into the state capitol, and broke down the door of the governor's office. They removed state officials who refused to leave voluntarily. Dillard was often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor but instead chose to return to the practice of law. He is buried in Kaufman Cemetery.


Oliver C. Thomas (1914–2008), a World War II prisoner of war and Lubbock businessman who served as president of the trade association, the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association, was reared in Kaufman and graduated from Kaufman High School in 1932.

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Geography

Kaufman is located at 32°35′7″N 96°18′28″W / 32.58528°N 96.30778°W / 32.58528; -96.30778 (32.585395, -96.307673)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.7 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (2.64%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,490 people, 2,179 households, and 1,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.9 people per square mile (377.4/km²). There were 2,310 housing units at an average density of 348.1/sq mi (134.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.83% White, 12.87% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 15.92% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.74% of the population.

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