Twentieth Texas Legislature

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The Twentieth Texas Legislature met from January 11 to April 4, 1887 in regular session, and from April 16 to May 15, 1888 in a called session. All members of the House of Representatives and a portion of the members of the Senate were elected in the 1886 General Election.

Sessions[edit]

  • 20th Regular session: January 11, 1887 – April 4, 1887
  • 20th First called session: April 16, 1888 – May 15, 1888

Party summary[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Affiliation Members Note
Democratic Party 91
Republican Party 2
People's Party 1
Total 94

Officers[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

^ Source material was unclear in which order the two Presidents pro tempore served.

Members[edit]

Members of the Twentieth Texas Legislature as of the beginning of the Regular Session, January 11, 1887:

Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Took office
1 William L. Douglass 1885
2 Caleb Jackson Garrison Democrat 1885
3 William Henry Pope Democrat 1883
4 William Thomas Armistead Democrat 1887
5 Samuel D. Stinson 1885
6 John Lafayette Camp, Jr. 1885
7 Alexander White Gregg 1887
8 William W. Davis 1887
9 Leonard Anderson Abercrombie Democrat 1887
10 John M. Claiborne 1887
11 John Woods Democrat 1885
12 Hermann Knittel 1885
13 Jonathan Lane Democrat 1887
14 Scott Field 1887
15 Eldred James Simkins 1887
16 J. O. Terrell Democrat 1885
17 William Allen 1887
18 Elbridge G. Douglass 1887
19 Temple Lea Houston Democrat 1885
20 James Jones Jarvis Democrat 1887
21 Samuel C. Upshaw 1887
22 Richard H. Harrison 1885
23 Charles Keith Bell 1885
24 George Washington Glasscock, Jr. Democrat 1885
25 William Henry Burges Democrat 1887 (Prior: 1881–1883)
26 William H. Woodward 1887
27 Francis E. MacManus 1887
28 Robert Hance Burney 1887
29 James Henry Calhoun 1885
30 Louis N. Frank 1887
31 Henry D. McDonald 1887

House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative City County Party Took Office
1 Hugh Jackson Wallisville Jefferson Democrat 1887
2 Talvus Wilson Dodge San Jacinto Democrat 1887
3 Delana Tompkins Emilee Tyler Democrat 1887
4 J. Gilleland Mott Nacogdoches Democrat 1887
5 John H. Truit Timpson Shelby Democrat 1887
6 Robert Teague Milner Henderson Rusk Democrat 1887
7 J. Ras Jones Pinehill Panola Democrat 1885
8 George A. Newton Mount Selman Cherokee Democrat 1887 (prior: 1883–1885)
9 Bedford Parks Kickapoo Anderson Democrat 1887
10 William Larkin Athens Henderson Democrat 1887 (prior: 1879-1881)
11 N. M. Harrison Gilmer Upshur Democrat 1887
12 Horatio L. Tate Lindale Smith Democrat 1885
13 William Page Crockett Houston Democrat 1885
14 Alexander Pope Marshall Harrison Democrat 1887
15 Tom Davis Center Shelby Democrat 1887
16 Lucius Whatley Atlanta Cass Democrat 1887
17[3] William Hudgins Texarkana Bowie Democrat 1887
William Skinner Daingerfield Morris Democrat 1887
18 James Clark Walnut Grove Red River Democrat 1887
19 John Stringer Mount Vernon Franklin Democrat 1887 (prior: 1883–1885)
20 James M. Biard Biardstown Lamar Democrat 1887
21 Andrew Nicholson Honey Grove Fannin Democrat 1887 (prior: 1874-1876)
22 James Sadler Dodd City Lamar Democrat 1887
23 George Patterson Ben Franklin Lamar Democrat 1887 (prior: 1874-1876)
24 John Melson Sulphur Springs Hopkins Democrat 1887
25 Frank P. Alexander Greenville Hunt Democrat 1885
26 John Currey Canton Van Zandt Democrat 1887
27[4] John Tolbert Howe Grayson Democrat 1887
Free Utiger Denison Grayson Democrat 1887
28 James B. Wright McKinney Collin Democrat 1887
29 George Huling Lebanon Collin Democrat 1887
30 Samuel H. Hargis Gainesville Cooke Democrat 1887
31 Robert V. Bell Gainesville Grayson Democrat 1887
32 Charles C. Bell Denton Denton Democrat 1885
33[5] Joseph C. Rugel Mesquite Dallas Democrat 1887
Jesse Strong Dallas Dallas Democrat 1887
34 Elihu Newton Bransford Tarrant Democrat 1887
35 Ephraim Heath Rockwall Rockwall Democrat 1887
36 Samuel Chapman Stubblefield Johnson Democrat 1887
37 William Wood Bristol Ellis Democrat 1887
38 Charles Christenberry Hubbard City Hill Democrat 1887
39 George Groce Waxahachie Ellis Democrat 1887
40[6] William McGaughey Granbury Hood Democrat 1885
W. Smith Cranfills Gap Bosque Democrat 1887
41 Tully Fuller Decatur Wise Democrat 1887
42 Alexander Latimer Mineral Wells Palo Pinto Democrat 1887
43 James Browning Mobeetie Wheeler Democrat 1883
44 Felix G. Bransford Newport Montague Democrat 1887
45 John Humphreys Aurora Wise Democrat 1887
46 James Jarrott Millsap Parker Democrat 1887
47 Sanctus Waskom Terrell Kaufman Democrat 1887
48 Marlin Garner Bremond Robertson Democrat 1887
49 Clement M. Richardson Leona Leon Democrat 1887
50 Amos Buchanan Bryan Brazos Democrat 1887
51 William F. Sharp Davilla Milam Democrat 1887 (prior: 1883–1885)
52 Houston A.P. Bassett Anderson Grimes Republican 1887
53 J. Wesson Parker Richmond Fort Bend Democrat 1887
54[7] Gilford Clegg Trinity Trinity Democrat 1887
John Kirlicks Houston Harris Democrat 1887
Jesse McCaleb Willis Montgomery Democrat 1887
55 Jonathan Davis Kosse Falls Democrat 1887
56 George Cassety Pendleton Belton Bell Democrat 1883
57 James McKinney Jones Prairie Milam Democrat 1885
58 A. G. Camp, Jr. Groesbeck Limestone Democrat 1883
59 Robert Steele Cotton Gin Freestone Democrat 1883
60 Abel Gill Purdon Navarro Democrat 1887
61 Seth Mills Waco McLennan Democrat 1887 (prior: 1879-1881)
62 Albert Prendergast Waco McLennan Democrat 1887
63 Andrew Graves Gatesville Coryell Democrat 1887
64 Benjamin Rush Plumley Galveston Galveston Democrat 1887 (prior: 1871-1873, 1881–1883)
65 Walter Gresham Galveston Galveston Democrat 1887
66 Charles I. Battle Spanish Camp Wharton Democrat 1887
67 John Woolsey Oakland Colorado Democrat 1887
68 James Shelburne Bellville Austin Democrat 1887
69 George Humphreys Bovine Lavaca Democrat 1887
70[8] Wenzel Matejowsky Nechanitz Fayette Republican 1887
James McGuire Ledbetter Fayette Democrat 1887
71 Robert J. Moore Washington Washington People’s Party 1883
72 Thomas Hunt Caldwell Burleson Democrat 1887
73 John McClanahan Lexington Burleson Democrat 1885
74 Hiram Garwood Bastrop Bastrop Democrat 1887
75[9] E. Taylor Moore Austin Travis Democrat 1885
Emory W. Smith Merrilltown Travis Democrat 1887
76 Alexander Northington Lampasas Lampasas Democrat 1887 (prior: 1876-1879)
77 John C.S. Baird Thrifty Brown Democrat 1887
78 James H. Faubion Leander Williamson Democrat 1885
79 Leonidas L. Shield Trickham Coleman Democrat 1887
80 George Wythe Baylor Ysleta El Paso Democrat 1887
81 John H. Clark Uvalde Uvalde Democrat 1887
82 James Cone Union Wilson Democrat 1887
83[10] Thomas W. Kennedy Rio Grande City Starr Democrat 1885
Watterson Showalter Laredo Webb Democrat 1887
84 J. Haines Junction City Kimble Democrat 1887
85 Thomas A. Blair Oakville Live Oak Democrat 1887
86[11] John Light Sayers Bexar Democrat 1887
David Robinson San Antonio Bexar Democrat 1887
87[12] Jonathan Payne Goliad Goliad Democrat 1887 (prior: 1873-1874)
George Staples Edna Jackson Democrat 1887
88 Francis Latham Brownsville Cameron Democrat 1883 (prior: 1855-1859)
89 Carl Goeth Cypress Mill Blanco Democrat 1887
90 Joseph Boothe Gonzales Gonzales Democrat 1887
91[13] Jacob Ellison Martindale Caldwell Democrat 1887
George McGehee San Marcos Hays Democrat 1887
92 Nelson Dolen Houston Harris Democrat 1887
93 William C. “Cone” Johnson Tyler Smith Democrat 1887
94 John Voorhees Andrews Wood Democrat 1887

^ Source material was unclear in which order the representatives served or if they served concurrently.

Membership changes[edit]

Senate[edit]

District Outgoing
Senator
Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
District 22 Richard H. Harrison Harrison resigned April 20, 1887. Waller Saunders Baker[14] April 16, 1888
  • ^ District 22: Baker elected in special election June 4, 1887.

House of Representatives[edit]

District Outgoing Representative Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
District 45 John Humphreys Representative Humphreys resigned after end of regular session (April 4, 1887). Joel W. Booth[15] April 16, 1888
District 46 James Jarrott Representative Jarrott resigned between sessions. None
District 64 Benjamin Rush Plumley Representative Plumley died on December 9, 1887. Guy Morrison Bryan May 2, 1888
District 81 John H. Clark Representative Clark resigned on June 4, 1888. None
District 86 David Robinson Representative Robinson resigned after end of First called session (May 15, 1888). None
  • ^ District 45: Special election held June 4, 1887, Joel W. Booth declared winner and sworn in at beginning of First called session.

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