(Transcribed by Dorman Holub)
To the secession
convention, January 28 to March 25, 1861, the delegates representing
Dallas county were Pleasant Taylor, Thomas J. Nash, E. P. Nicholson,
W. S. J. Adams.
John Henry Brown, now of Dallas, represented
Bell and Lampasas counties in the same convention, and was author
of the declaration of the causes which impelled the State of
Texas to secede from the Federal Union.
To the constitutional convention of 1866, under
President Johnson's proclamation: Alexander Harwood and James
K. P. Record.
To the reconstruction convention of 1868 -1869:
A. Bledsoe, known as "Big A."
To the constitutional convention of 1875: John
Henry Brown, of Dallas; Nicholas H. Darnell, of Tarrant, and
John W. Ferris, of Ellis (one district)
Wm. B. Wright, for some years since of Dallas,
represented Lamar county in that convention. William L. Crawford,
now of Dallas, represented Marion county.
Under the general head of Dallas county as
organized, it is proper to place the names of all those who have
been officially connected with it as a county, including the
representation at constitutional conventions and legislative
Owing to the close of the war and provisional
government by the appointment of President Johnson, there was
no election in 1865. The president appointed A. J. Hamilton provisional
governor, who served from July 25, 1865, to August 1866.
Under the constitution of 1866 and the session
in that year J. K. P. Record, of Dallas, was senator. The constitution
and government were overthrown by the reconstruction act of Congress
of March 2, 1867, and various supplementary acts, and from July
30, 1867, to April 16, 1870, the State was under military government.
The reconstruction convention of 1868, in its
dual sessions, was largely, but by no means entirely, composed
of irresponsible adventurers, lately enfranchised slaves and
political mendicants, with a sprinkling of men who can be described
as ignoramuses. The following delectable morceau, introduced
by a delegate claiming to be a native Kentuckian, is illustrative
of the latter species of the genus homo. By this convention a
new (commonly called the "reconstruction" constitution
was framed by a convention assembled in Austin in June and December,
1868, when many thousands of the people were disfranchised, while
the negro, for the first time, war, allowed to vote.
Following a four days' election, commencing
on the first Monday in December, 1869, this constitution, by
the military commander, was declared ratified by a majority of
those permitted to vote. At the same time and by the same authority
a full set of State, district and county officers were declared
elected. But this now constitution and the officers so elected,
including that rara avis in American government, the twelfth
legislature assumed legal effect only on the 30th day of March,
1870. Under this regime Dallas, Collin and Tarrant constituted
a senatorial district and were entitled to three representatives.
Samuel Evans, of Tarrant, was the senator till 1873, when Amzi
Bradshaw, of Ellis county, was elected, the district, under the
census of 1870', having been changed to Dallas, Tarrant and Ellis.
In February, 1876, under the new (present)
constitution, Robert S. Guy, of Lancaster, a clear-headed lawyer
and an ex-captain of the Confederate army, was elected senator
from Dallas, Tarrant and Ellis counties, and served for four
years with marked fidelity. He was succeeded in 1880 by Anson
Rainey, of Ellis county, in 1882, under a new apportionment,
by Barnett Gibbs, of Dallas, and in 1884 by Joseph O. Terrell,
of Kaufman, who was succeeded by R. S. Kimbrough, of Mesquite,
Dallas county, the present incumbent.
SENATORS FROM 1846 TO 1866.
In 1846, when Dallas county was created, Joseph L. Hogg, of Nacogdoches,
represented in the senate the east half of the county, and Henry
J. Jewett, of Robertson county, the west half.
In 1849, in a new district, Albert G. Walker,
of Dallas, was elected over John H. Reagan (present United States,
senator), of Anderson, the senatorial term being four years.
In 1851 Walker resigned and Samuel Bogart, of Collin county,
was elected to fill the unexpired term.
From 1853 to 1857 Jefferson Weatherford of
Dallas county, was senator. From 1857 to 1861 Albert G. Walker,
of Tarrant, was senator. From 1861 to 1865 Jefferson Weatherford
REPRESENTATIVES OF DALLAS COUNTY-1847
1847-1849, Win. M. Cochran; 1849-1851, Jefferson Weatherford;
1851-1853, John M. Crockett; 1853-1859. three terms, Andrew Jackson
Witt; 1859-1861, Nicholas H. Darnell; 1861-1863, James P. Thomas,
resigned in 1862 and James P. Goodnight elected; in 1863-1865,
George Wilson, resigned and John C. McCoy elected; in 1865, no
election; 1866, under new constitution, Nathaniel Burford and
Archelaus M. Cochran; 1869-1872, under reconstruction constitution,
John W. Lane; in 1872-1873, John Henry Brown, of Collin district,
Tarrant and Dallas; 1873-1875, John H. Cochran, in district;
1876, under new constitution, John H. Cochran and J. T. Downs;
1878, John Ii. Cochran, speaker of the house, and John W. Daniel;
1880, John W. Daniel and Thomas F. Nash; 1882, John H. Cochran
and Thomas F. Nash; 1884, R. S. Kimbrough and Z. Ellis Coombes;
1886, Jesse M. Strong and J. C. Rugel; 1888, Jesse M. Strong
and - Rowland; 1890-1892, John H. Cochran and Rowland.
In regard to State and other officers, citizens of Dallas have
filled the following positions: From 1861 to 1863, during the
war, John. M. Crockett was Lieutenant Governor; from 1884 to
1886, Barnett Gibbs was Lieutenant Governor.
From 1880 to 1887 James Madison Hurt was judge
of the Court of Appeals, and for a second term has some time
yet to serve.
Sawnie Robertson was appointed in 1884 to fill
a vacancy in the Supreme Court, and served till the next election,
but refused to serve further.
From 1878 to 1886 Olin Welborn represented
this district in Congress, his last term expiring March 3, 1887,
soon after which he removed to and settled in San Diego, California.
Reuben A. Reeves, for a number of years a judge
of the Supreme Court, at one time resided in Dallas, but not
at the time of his election. In 1887, he war appointed by President
Cleveland a judge of the Supreme Court of New Mexico, and now
resider there. Being absent it is admissible to say that all
Texas indorsed the appointment of Judge Reeves as eminently judicious.
He is thoroughly qualified, and a more modest and honest gentleman
does not exist.
FIRST PRECINCT BOUNDARIES.
The first division of Dallas county into precincts was made by
John Neely Bryan, the county being divided into seven precincts,
with boundaries as follows:
Precinct -No. I.- Commencing at the mouth of
Five-Mile creek, thence up said creek to the source of North
prong; thence north to west fork of Trinity; thence down said
stream to mouth; thence up the Elm fork to mouth of Thompson's
creek; thence up said creek to the source of South fork; thence
east to the divide road east of White Rock; thence with said
road to the mouth of White Rock; thence down Trinity river to
Precinct No. 2.-Commencing on the West fork
at the western boundary of Precinct No. 1; thence south with
said boundary to the Mountain road; thence with said road to
the southern bonndary of the county; thence west with said boundary
to corner; thence north with western boundary of the county to
the West fork; thence down said stream to the beginning.
Precinct No. 3.-Commencing at the mouth of
the West fork; thence up said stream to the western boundary
of the county; thence north with said boundary to corner; thence
east with the northern boundary of the county to the Elm fork;
thence down said stream to beginning.
Precinct No. 4.- Commencing at the mouth of
Thompson's creek; thence up said creek to the source of South
fork; thence east to the divide road east of White Rock; thence
up said road to the northern boundary of the county; thence west
with said northern bounjary to the Elm fork, thence down' the
Elm fork to the beginning.
Precinct No. 5.- Commencing at the northeast
corner of the county; thence west with the northern boundary
of the county to the divide road east of White Rock; thence south
with said road to where it crosses the national road; thence
east with said national road to the eastern boundary of the county;
thence north with said eastern boundary to beginning.
Precinct No.6.-Commencing at the southeast
corner of the county; thence north with the eastern boundary
of the county to the national road; thence west with said road
to where it crosses the Divide road; thence with said road to
the month of White Rock; thence down the Trinity to the southern
boundary of the county; thence east with said southern boundary
Precinct No. 7. -Commencing at the mouth of
Five-Mile creek; thence up said creek to the source of the North
fork; thence west to the Mountain road; thence south with said
road to the southern boundary of the county; thence east with
said southern boundary to the Trinity river; thence up said river
The above precincts were laid off in the early
part of July, 1846, the description of which, as above given,
being recorded on the 20th day of July, 1846. The above boundary
lines of these precincts have many times been changed since they
were thus located, and the county is now divided into eight precincts
(justices), the bonndaries of which will not here be given, as
they can be discerned by reference to a map of Dallas county.
The towns included in the different precincts, however, are as
follows: Precinct No. 1, the city of Dallas and suburbs and Calhoun;
Precinct No. 2, Farmers' Branch, Carrollon, Trinity Mills and
Richardson; Precinct No. 3, Rose Hill, Pleasant Valley, Garland,
New Hope and Reinhardt; Precinct No. 4, Seyene, Mesquite, Haugbt's
Store, Seagoville and Kleburg, Precinct No. 5, De Soto, Hutchins,
Wilmer, and Lancaster; Precinct No. 6, Duncanville and Cedar
Hill; Precinct No. 7, Lisbon, Eagle Ford, Grand Prairie and Oak
Cliff; Precinct No. 8, Sowers.
There are fifty-seven voting precincts in the
county, each of the above named towns and surrounding territory
constituting a voting precinct, except the city of Dallas, in
which each ward is a voting precinct, there being twelve wards
in the city. Besides these there are others which are not here
named, as they are places of minor importance.