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Richard Allen
Full Name: Richard Allen
Date of birth: June 10, 1830
Date of death: May 16, 1909

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 14 Jan 14, 1873 - Mar 22, 1873 13th (1) (2) (3)   Republican Houston / Harris   Harris, Montgomery
H 14 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (4) (5)   Radical Republican Houston / Harris   Harris, Montgomery
(1) Resolution adopted in contested election case of Gustave Cook, et al. v. Richard Allen, et al., 3/20/1873, p. 407; special order resumed, resolutions and majority report adopted, 3/21/1873, pp. 411-413; E.T. Schmidt and Gustave Cook sworn 3/22/1873, p. 414. House Journal.
(2) Gustave Cook, sworn 3/22/1873, unseated Richard Allen in election contest the same day. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Richard Allen and Em Anderson unseated in March 1873, testimony of Goldsteen Dupree, pp. 41-42. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(4) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(5) Listed as member of Radical Republican Association, established 6/4/1870, p. 26. 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, p. 76 (footnote 29). Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times, 1981.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 39, History of the Republican Party in Texas 1865-1965, 1965.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 19-20. Chapter 11, "Richard Allen: The Opportunist," pp. 190-194. Birth year 1830, death year 1909, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • ALLEN, RICHARD (1830-1909). In 1878, "the conservative wing of the Republican party nominated him for lieutenant governor, thereby making him the first black to seek statewide office in Texas." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • "The Roots of Texas' Black Lawmakers," 3/18/1996. Describes lack of available information on Texas' first African American legislators. Austin American Statesman.
  • Biographical information, pp. 56-57. Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times, 1981.
  • Mentioned in Black Texans: a History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995, 1996.
  • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. "A red brick church was designed by African American Richard Allen, a former member of the Texas Legislature, and became the first house of worship owned by African Americans in Houston." BlackPast.org.
  • Mentioned, pp. 147-156. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction, 1981.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Immigration  
    Indian Affairs  
    Redistricting  
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Finance  
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Finance  
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Finance  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    12th Provisional - 1870
    Printing and Contigent Expenses  
     

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