First Texas Legislature

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The First Texas Legislature convened from 16 February to 13 May 1846 in regular session. Members of the House of Representatives and Senate were elected in December 1845, after an election on 13 October 1845 that ratified the proposed state constitution.

Sessions[edit]

  • 1st Regular session: 16 February–13 May 1846

Party summary[edit]

Officers[edit]

Senate[edit]

Lieutenant Governor
Albert Clinton Horton, Democrat
President pro tempore
Edward Burleson, Democrat

House of Representatives[edit]

Speaker of the House
William Crump, Democrat, February 16–May 1, 1846
William H. Bourland, Democrat, May 1–11, 1846
Stephen W. Perkins, Democrat, May 11–13, 1846
Speaker of the House pro tempore[1]
John Brown, Democrat, acting Speaker 3–9 March 1846[2]
Edward Thomas Branch, Democrat, acting Speaker 9–16 March 1846[3]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

Members of the Texas Senate for the First Texas Legislature:

District Senator Party Took
office
1 William M. “Buckskin” Williams 1846
2 Ballard C. Bagby 1846
3 William Thomas Scott 1846
4 Joseph Lewis Hogg 1846
5 Benjamin Rush Wallace 1846
6 Jesse J. Robinson 1846
7 George Tyler Wood Democrat 1846
8 Henry J. Jewett 1846
9 Jesse Grimes 1846
10 Isaac W. Brashear 1846
11 Thomas Freeman McKinney 1846
12 John Greenville McNeill 1846
13 Philip Minor Cuney 1846
14 John F. Miller 1846
15 Edward Burleson 1846
16 Robert McAlpin Williamson 1846
17 Alexander H. Phillips 1846
18 José Antonio Navarro 1846
19 Henry Lawrence Kinney 1846
F James G. Bourland[4] 1846

House of Representatives[edit]

Members of the House of Representatives for the First Texas Legislature:

Membership changes[edit]

Senate[edit]

District Outgoing
Senator
Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
District 3 William Thomas Scott Scott resigned 5 June 1847 due to an eye disease. Edward Clark[5] 13 December 1847
District 4 Joseph Lewis Hogg Hogg was granted a leave of absence 4 May 1846 to join the Second Regiment of the Texas Mounted Volunteers for the Mexican-American War, and resigned some time after that. Isaac Parker after 4 May 1846
District 7 George Tyler Wood Wood was granted a leave of absence 4 May 1846 to join the Second Regiment of the Texas Mounted Volunteers for the Mexican-American War, and resigned before 4 September 1847. William C. Abbott[6] 13 December 1847
District 11 Thomas Freeman McKinney McKinney resigned after the end of the session (13 May 1846). Richard Bache[7] 13 December 1847

Alyssa Petty Third Texas Senate

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Speaker Crump received a leave of absence during his term of office. Representatives Brown and Branch, each elected in turn as Speaker of the House pro tempore, acted as Speaker during Crump’s absence.
  2. ^ Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives (1846). Journals of the House of Representatives of the First Legislature of the State of Texas (pdf). Clarksville, Texas: Standard Printing Office. pp. 105–106, 160–162. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  3. ^ Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives (1846). Journals of the House of Representatives of the First Legislature of the State of Texas (pdf). Clarksville, Texas: Standard Printing Office. pp. 67–8, 104–5. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  4. ^ Bourland was a floating senator “conjointly” elected from Bowie, Red River, Fannin, and Lamar counties
  5. ^ Clark was elected in a special election on 1 November 1847 and was sworn in with the Second Texas Legislature.
  6. ^ Abbott was elected in a special election on 1 November 1847 and was sworn in with the Second Texas Legislature.
  7. ^ Bache was elected in a special election on 1 December 1847 and was sworn in with the Second Texas Legislature.

References[edit]

  • Presiding officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2002: prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council. Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council. (Rev. 2002 ed.). Austin, Texas: The Council. 2002. OCLC 49526832. 

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