A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 67
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTIES. .
under the direction of Reynolds, who had
been reappointed to the command in
Texas, 72,366 votes being cast for the
constitution, and 4,928 against it, showing
a majority of 67,438 in favor of it. At
the same time Edmund J. Davis was
elected Governor; J. W. Flanagan, Lieutenant
Governor; A. Bledsoe, Comptroller;
G. W. Honey, Treasurer; and Jacob
Knechler, Land Office Commnissioner; and
G. W. Whitmore, J. C. Connor, W. T.
Clark, and Edward Degener were chosen
Representatives to the United States Congress.
Members of the legislature were
also appointed, and on January 11, 1870,
an order was issued by tile military commander,
summoning the legislature to assemble
at Austin on February 8, following.
Governor Pease by no means enjoyed
the position in which he found himself.
The mixture of civil and military rule was
most distasteful to him, especially as he
did not meet with that co-operation and
assistance on the part of the commander
of the fifth district which he was entitled
to expect. On September 30, he resigned,
and during the interval between his resignation
and the accession of Governor
Davis, a period of more than three months,
the executive department of Texas was
administered by an adjutant iu charge of
Governor Davis entered office January
18, 1870, and on the appointed day the
legislature assembled at the capital. It
promptly ratified by joint resolutions the
amendments to the Constitution of the
United States, appointed Senators to Congress;
and, having transacted the business
imposed uplon it )y tile reconstruction
laws as a proviSiilon1 bo(ly, it ad(lj, rnee d
Texas liad now drained the bitter cup to
the dregs, and forgiveness was at last
vouchsated to her. On March 30, 1870,
the United States president approved the
Congressional act readmitting her into
the Union, and on the following day Senators
M. C. Hamlilton and J. W. Flanagan,
the oath prescribed by law having been
administered to theIn by the vice-president,
took their seats in Congress. On
the same day the tour representatives to
which the State was entitled were sworn
in, the members being those elected at thie
general elecion held November 80 to
December 3, 1869.
The reconstruction period extended over
five years, during which time Texas was a
prey to lawlessness and violence to a degree
almost inconceivable. The breath of
the demon of homicide seemed to have
passed over the land, and the efforts of
tile military commanders to arrest its
deadly influence were attended with little
success. It is impossible to ascertain how
many persons were the victims of fierce
passion and malevolence during these five
years, nor is it a pleasant subject to dwell
upon. General Reynolds, in a letter to
the war office, dated October 21, 1869,
said: ,The number of murders in the
State during the nine months from January
1, 1869, to September 30, 1869, according
to the official records, necessarily
imperfect, is 384, being an average of
about one and a half a day. From this
statement it appears that with the partial
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/69/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.