Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 192 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS 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 bodies.
'Owing to the close of the war and provisional
goverment 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. IK. 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,
was 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 new 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
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
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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/m1/192/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.