The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 280
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Alabama, and there began the practice of law. As a delegate to
the first constitutional convention of that State he aided in fram-
ing the Constitution of 1819. In 1820 he was elected judge of
the Fourth Alabama Circuit, and remained in that office until
1823, when he came to the Red River section (now Bowie County)
of Texas, and engaged in cotton planting on a large scale. It
was amid the ruins of this old cotton plantation that I visited
"Richard Ellis presided over the convention at old Washington,
near Hidalgo Falls on the Brazos River, and on the second day
of March, 1836, the immortal Declaration of Texas Independence
was proclaimed to the world. This convention was composed of
many great men. The constitution of the Republic of Texas was
promulgated on March 17, 1836. It bristles with individualism
and is a model of patriotic conception.
"After Texas achieved her independence at San Jacinto, Richard
Ellis, in the first Congress under the constitution, was president
pro tem. of the senate until Mirabeau B. Lamar was inaugurated
as vice president. Ie ranked with such other men as Sam Hous-
ton, J. Pinckney Henderson, Thomas J. Rusk, Patrick and Wil-
liam H. Jack, Stephen F. Austin, David G. Burnet, George C.
Childress, R. M. Williamson and many more of that type. For
seventy years his last resting place has been in Bowie County.
It is unknown to our people and is not chronicled in any his-
tory within my knowledge.
"Let Texas take appropriate action to honor his memory and
permanently mark his sepulcher as president of that fateful and
historic convention proclaiming Texas' independence. A patri-
otic spirit should be aroused to accord proper recognition to this
illustrious man who headed and adorned that assembly at the
birth of a great republic, and bring to the notice of the world
the hallowed spot honored by his last sleep."
If ardin R. Runnels
"Ten miles across the country to the southeast of Richard Ellis'
tomb, on a hill in the Runnels homestead, overlooking the thriv-
ing town of New Boston below, is buried Hardin R. Runnels.
He was the first candidate to receive the nomination for gov-
ernor from a Democratic state convention in Texas, and also
bears the proud distinction of defeating Sam Houston. On his
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/295/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.