Sixteenth Texas Legislature

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The Sixteenth Texas Legislature met from January 14 to July 9, 1879 in its regular session and one called session. All members of the House of Representatives and about half of the members of the Senate were elected in 1878 General Election.

Sessions[edit]

  • 16th Regular session: January 14–April 24, 1879
  • 16th First called session: June 10–July 9, 1879

Party summary[edit]

Officers[edit]

Senate[edit]

Lieutenant Governor
Joseph Draper Sayers, Democrat
President pro tempore
Edwin Hobby, Democrat, Regular session, ad interim
Leonidas Jefferson Storey, Democrat, First called session

House of Representatives[edit]

Speaker of the House
John Hughes Cochran, Democrat

Members[edit]

Members of the Sixteenth Texas Legislature as of the beginning of the Regular Session, January 14, 1879:

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 William H. Tilson 1879
6 William Jesse Swain 1879
7 John Martin Duncan 1879
8 John Young Gooch 1879
9 Charles D. Grace 1876
10 John C. Buchanan 1879
11 William Blassingame 1876
12 William D. Lair Democrat 1879 (Prior: 1861–1863)
13 Robert S. Guy 1876
14 Francis Marion Martin Democrat 1879 (Prior: 1859–1861)
15 Thomas J. McCulloch 1876
16 James R. Burnett 1876
17 Walter Moses Burton Republican 1874
18 Charles Stewart 1879
19 Andrew Phelps McCormick Republican 1876
20 William Kercheval Homan 1879
21 William M. Brown 1876
22 John W. Moore Democrat 1876 (Prior: 1861–1865)
23 William R. Shannon Democrat 1879 (Prior: 1865–1867)
24 Jewett H. Davenport 1879 (Prior: 1874–1876)
25 Alexander Watkins Terrell Democrat 1876
26 William Hamilton Ledbetter 1874
27 Samuel C. Patton 1879
28 Ellsberry R. Lane 1876
29 John Salmon “Rip” Ford Democrat 1876 (Prior: 1851–1853)
30 Augustus W. Houston Democrat 1879
31 Leonidas Jefferson Storey Democrat 1876

House of Representatives[edit]

Membership Changes[edit]

District Outgoing
Senator
Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
District 1 Edwin Hobby Hobby resigned July 10, 1879. Vacant
District 2 Peyton Forbes Edwards resigned December 4, 1871. Vacant
District 15 Thomas J. McCulloch McCulloch resigned September 3, 1879. Vacant
District 16 James R. Burnett Burnett resigned October 9, 1879. John T. Buchanan[1] after February 17, 1880
District 19 Andrew Phelps McCormick McCormick resigned April 12, 1879. Robert Gould Street June 10, 1879
District 20 William Kercheval Homan Homan resigned July 9, 1879. William Kercheval Homan after February 17, 1880
District 29 John Salmon “Rip” Ford Ford resigned August 30, 1879. Vacant
  • ^ District 16: Buchanan was elected in special election February 17, 1880
  • ^ District 20: Homan was reelected in special election February 17, 1880

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