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Robert Kerr Robert A. Kerr
Full Name: Robert A. Kerr
Date of birth: December 23, 1833
Date of death: January 7, 1913

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 62 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)   Greenback Bastrop / Bastrop   Bastrop
(1) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a Republican, p. 2, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a Republican, p. 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas . . ., 1881.
(3) "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.
(4) "When the Greenback Party met in June 1880 to nominate a state ticket, Kerr's name was placed on the ticket as representative from Bastrop County," p. 129. "Greenbackers elected one senator and three representatives, only one of whom was black — Robert A. Kerr," p. 130. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(5) Involvement in Greenback/Republican politics, pp. 129-131. "Robert J. Evans and R.A. Kerr ran on Republican ticket for reelection (in 1882) in a losing cause." 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
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," p. 108. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Photos, biographical sketch, and descendants, pp. 84-86. Born 12/23/1833 in New Orleans. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 62-63; political party, pp. 129-131. Birth date 12/23/1833 in New Orleans, died in 1912. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • KERR, ROBERT A. (1842-1912). "Although Kerr won his legislative seat as a member of the Greenback party, he returned to the Republican party in 1882." Born 1842, died 1/12/1912, buried in Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Hon. Robert A. Kerr, birth date 12/23/1833, death date 1/7/1913, interment in Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop. Find a Grave.
  • "Texas Briefs: Bastrop, Tex.," dateline Jan. 8, 1/9/1913, p. 9. Died "last night" (1/7/1913), "at one time represented this county in the Legislature." Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned, pp. 147-156. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction, 1981.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert Kerr, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • 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.
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