Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 184 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE SEAT OF JUSTICE OF
SECTION 1:-Be it enacted by the Legislature
of the State of Texas, that until otherwise
provided by law the town of Dallas shall be
the seat of justice for Dallas county, and all
courts for said county shall be held thereat.
SEC. 2.-Be it further enacted, that this
act shall be in force from and after its passage.
Approved, 18th April, A. D. 1846.
As the previous acts did not provide for
election of officers or for any one to manage
the elections and make returns of the same,
the following act was passed in May, 1846:
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS
FOR DALLAS COUNTY.
SECTION 1.--Be it enacted by the Legislature
of the State of Texas, that John N.
Bryan be and he is hereby authorized to
appoint managers to hold and give notice of
an election to be held in Dallas county, for
a chief justice, sheriff, coroner, clerk of
the county court for said county, and that
said election be conducted in all respects according
to the existing laws governing elections;
and the said Bryan shall, in the order
directing the holding of said election, require
that the returns thereof be made to him
within the time provided by law; and the
said Bryan shall give to each person elected
a certificate of his election and make returns
of said election to the Secretary of State.
SEC. 2.-Be it further enacted, that the
officers elected at said election shall enter
on the discharge of their respective
duties immediately after giving bond and
taking the oath of office prescribed by law;
and that this act shall be in force from and
after its passage.
Approved 12th May, A. D. 1846.
In the year 1850 another act of the legislature
was adopted with reference to the
seat of justice, as follows:
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR FIXING THE SEAT OF
JUSTICE OF THE COUNTY OF DALLAS.
Be it enacted by the Legislature
of the State of Texas, that the second
Saturday of May, one thousand eight hundred
and forty-eight, be fixed as the day of holding
an election in the county of Dallas for
the selection of a suitable place for the
permanent location of the county seat of
justice of said county; and it shall be the
duty of the chief justice of said county to
give public notice of the same in writing, to
be posted up at the different precincts, immediately
after the passage of this act, and to
issue writs of election to the different precincts,
at least ten days prior to said election.
SEC. 2. -Be it further enacted, that it
shall be the duty of said chief justice to receive
and make public in writing posted up
at the different precincts such propositions
as may be offered by the citizens of the
county, as inducements in favor of the selection
of places recommended as suitable locations,
for the county seat of said county.
SEC. 3. -Be it further enacted, that the
propositions submitted to the chief justice
in compliance with the second section of this
act shall be in the shape of penal bonds, and
shall be collected at the suit of said chief
justice or his successor in office, in the District
Court, for the use of the county, and
the proceeds applied to the erection of county
SEC. 4. -Be it further enacted, that. the
election for said county seat shall be conducted
in conformity with the existing laws
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/184/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.