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Richard Williams Richard Williams
Full Name: Richard Williams
Date of birth: 1822
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (1) (2) (3)   Republican Huntsville / Walker   Grimes, Madison, Walker
H 15 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (4) (5) (6)   Radical Republican Huntsville / Walker   Grimes, Madison, Walker
(1) Included on roster of members of the 13th Legislature as a Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(2) Richard Williams absent for oath of office on first day, 1/14/1873; listed in floor votes 1/15/1873, 1/22/1873 forward; appointed on committees, 1/16/1873, p. 16; granted leave of absence for 3 days, 2/1/1873, p. 135. House Journal.
(3) Richard Williams and James Washington won seats in contested election and did not take seats until February 1873 (along with Henry Phelps, late because of illness), p. 41. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(4) Term and oath information, p. 56, and footnote 28, p. 76. "Richard Williams and David Medlock are generally omitted from published lists, but both were elected and seated, although Medlock appears not to have served his full term." Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times, 1981.
(5) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(6) 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
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • WILLIAMS, RICHARD (ca. 1822-?). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 22. Birth year 1823, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned pp. 147-154. From Slave to Statesman, 1993.
  • Portrait, biographical information, and discussion of the Republican legislative agenda, pp. 134-137. From Slave to Statesman, 1993.
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Richard Williams, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Richard Williams, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • 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
    Indian Affairs  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Redistricting  
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    Private Land Claims  
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Division of the State, Select  
     

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