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Harriel G. 'Hal' Geiger
Full Name: Harriel G. "Hal" Geiger
Date of birth: 1839
Date of death: 1886

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 27 Apr 6, 1882 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Greenback Hearne / Robertson   Robertson
H 27 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (5) (6) (7) (8)   Republican Hearne / Robertson   Robertson
(1) Geiger attended the Greenback convention at Corsicana, September 1, 1882. He "told of his old service in the Republican ranks; of his prosecution in the Federal Court at Waco by some of his Republican friends," p. 2, 9/6/1882. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Newly elected members were sworn on April 6, 1882, including: "Owen Brown, Hal Geiger, Seth Stewart and T. P. Rodrigues [sic]." "Special session of the Seventeenth Legislature," p. 1, 4/7/1882. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Harriel G. Geiger, in special election 9/17/1881, sworn 4/6/1882, succeeded E.C. Mobley, notice of removal from district received 8/3/1881. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) "The leadership of the Republican Party decided not to fuse with the Greenbackers in 1880, but rather placed a ticket in the field. . . Among the few blacks who remained visible in the Greenback fold [in 1880] were Hal Geiger and Robert A. Kerr," p. 129. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(5) Included on roster of members of the 16th Legislature as a Republican, p. 1, 1/14/1879. Galveston Daily News.
(6) States Geiger was a Republican candidate endorsed by the Greenback party. Handbook of Texas Online.
(7) Roster lists party as Republican. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(8) "The campaign efforts of Hal Geiger and Robert J. Evans also resulted in a Greenback victory for themselves," p. 129. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • Biography, Harrold G. Geiger, pp. 259-260. Born in South Carolina in 1839. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 60-61, "sometimes a Republican and sometimes a Greenbacker," Geiger won election to the 16th Legislature on the Greenback ticket. Birth year 1840, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • GEIGER, HARRIEL G. (ca. 1840-1886). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics." The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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