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William H. Holland William H. Holland
Full Name: William H. Holland
Date of birth: 1849
Date of death: May 27, 1907

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 37 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1)   Republican Wharton / Wharton   Fort Bend, Waller, Wharton
(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Thirty-seventh District - The counties of Wharton, Fort Bend and Waller shall elect two representatives; Waller to be the returning county." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
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., HR 452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • William H. Holland (1849-1907), birth year 1849 on grave marker, biographical sketch, interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch, William H. (W.H.) Holland, born Marshall, Texas, ca. 1841 or 1849, died Mineral Wells, Texas, 5/27/1907. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • HOLLAND, BIRD (?-1864). Bird Holland, brother of Spearman Holland, "probably the father of three sons by a slave." Relatives: Bird Holland - father, William H. Holland - son; Spearman Holland - uncle, William H. Holland - nephew. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," p. 109. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Photo, biographical sketch, and descendants, pp. 73-74. Born in 1849. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Biography and portrait, pp. 98-[99]. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 103-104. Republican; "He lives at the town of Wharton, in Wharton county." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 57-59, born in 1849, "probably the son of Capt. Boyd [Bird] Holland or J.K. Holland." Birth year 1841, death year 1907, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Biographical sketches of Spearman, Bird, James Kemp, & William H. Holland. Relatives: Spearman & Bird Holland - brothers; Spearman Holland - father, James Kemp Holland - son; Bird Holland - uncle, James Kemp Holland - nephew. Rusk County, TXGenWeb Project.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned pp. 147-154. From Slave to Statesman, 1993.
  • Biographical information, p. 41. History of the Republican Party in Texas 1865-1965, 1965.
  • "Cousins meet, find relatives in Texas and Tennessee Legislatures," 10/13/2004 Pleasanton Express.
  • Mentioned, p. 88. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction, 1981.
  • "Kemp Holland, his children and grandchildren," research compiled by Sandra G. Holland, Pleasanton, TX. Working File, 2004.
  • HOLLAND, WILLIAM H. (1841-1907). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William H. Holland, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William H. Holland, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William H. Holland, 21st Legislature, Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876

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