Fifteenth Texas Legislature

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The Fifteenth Texas Legislature met from April 18 to August 21, 1876 in its regular session. All members of the House of Representatives and about half of the members of the Senate were elected in 1875.

Sessions[edit]

  • 15th Regular session: April 18 – August 21, 1876

Party summary[edit]

Officers[edit]

Senate[edit]

Lieutenant Governor
Richard Bennett Hubbard, Jr., Democrat
President pro tempore
Wells Thompson, Democrat

House of Representatives[edit]

Speaker of the House
Thomas Reuben Bonner, Democrat

Members[edit]

Members of the Fifteenth Texas Legislature as of the beginning of the Regular Session, April 18, 1876:

Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Took office
1 Edwin Hobby Democrat 1874
2 Peyton Forbes Edwards 1876
3 John W. Motley 1876
4 Walter Riptoe Republican 1876
5 Francis M. Henry 1876
6 William Amos Wortham 1876
7 James Postell Douglas 1876 (Prior: 1870–1872)
8 Christopher C. Francis 1876
9 Charles D. Grace 1876
10 B. D. Martin 1876
11 William Blassingame 1876
12 Finis E. Piner 1876
13 Robert S. Guy 1876
14 John R. Henry 1876
15 Thomas J. McCulloch 1876
16 Tillman Smith 1876
17 Walter Moses Burton Republican 1874
18 John Thomas Brady 1876
19 Andrew Phelps McCormick Republican 1876
20 John W. Carroll 1876
21 William M. Brown 1876
22 John W. Moore Democrat 1876 (Prior: 1861–1865)
23 Thomas Ball 1876
24 John D. Stephens 1876
25 Alexander Watkins Terrell Democrat 1876
26 William Hamilton Ledbetter 1874
27 Wells Thompson Democrat 1876
28 William Henry Crain 1876
29 John Salmon “Rip” Ford Democrat 1876 (Prior: 1851–1853)
30 James Harvey McLeary 1876
31 Leonidas Jefferson Storey Democrat 1876

House of Representatives[edit]

^ Representative Wilder won a closely contested election, but House Democrats contended that some votes were illegal and seated his Democratic opponent instead.

Membership changes[edit]

District Outgoing
Senator
Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
District 16 Tillman Smith Smith resigned November 19, 1876. James R. Burnett January 14, 1879[2]
District 28 William Henry Crain Crain resigned August 20, 1877. Ellsberry R. Lane January 14, 1879[3]

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