TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. XII. OCTOBER, 1908. No. 2.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views
expressed by contributors to Tin QUARTERLY.
THE EXPERIENCES OF AN UNRECOGNIZED SENATOR.'
0. M. ROBERTS.
A Journal of Travel Incidents and Public Events, With Delinea-
tion of Character and Such Other Matters as May Be
Deemed Worthy of Being Written.
On the 24th day of August, A. D. 1866, I was elected Senator
for the State of Texas in the United States Congress by the Legis-
lature of the State then in session, by a vote of 61 in my favor
to 49 in favor of Mr. Epperson, of Red River County. I was
fifty-one years of age in the month of July preceding my election.
Before the meeting of the Legislature (on the first Monday of
August, 1866) efforts had been made to bring forward promi-
nently for this position several gentlemen in the east and north-
Mr. Epperson, of Red River, and Mr. Stedman, of Rusk County,
'This is the story of Mr. Roberts's vain journey to Washington, in the
winter of 1866-1867, to take his seat as United States Senator from Texas
which was denied him. His own title for the narrative is that in italics.
The original is written in a small blank book which is now among the
Roberts papers in possession of the University of Texas. The quotations
therein from newspapers are represented by clippings, which for obvious
reasons are here reprinted entire. Mr. Roberts was Chairman of the
Secession Convention of Texas, 1861; Chief Justice of the State, 1864-
1866, and again, 1874-1878; Governor, 1878-1882; Professor of Law in
the University of Texas, 1883-1893.
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