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Meshack Roberts Meshack Roberts
Full Name: Meshack R. "Shack" Roberts
Date of birth: 1821
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 10 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1)   Republican Marshall / Harrison   Harrison
H 5 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (2)   Republican Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Rusk
H 7 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (3)   Republican Marshall / Harrison   Harrison
(1) Mentioned in "The news from Austin. . .Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate. . .Hunter restored to his seat. . .Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Included on roster of members of the 14th Legislature as a Republican. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(3) 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.
 
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.
  • 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.
  • ROBERTS, MESHACK (?-?). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 115. A History of Upshur County, Texas, 1966.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," pp. 103-104. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Biographical sketch, Meshack Roberts, pp. 65-68, 72. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Biographical sketch, S.R. Roberts, pp. 68-69. "He is fifty-eight years old." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 38, 40. Birth year 1821, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned, p. 67. Black Texans: a History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995, 1996.
  • Harrison County "continued to support a Republican delegation to the state legislature" in 1873: Webster Flanagan to the State Senate, Shack Roberts ("black leader from Harrison County") and Ed Brown ("Negro from Rusk County, as a representative of the two county district") to the House, p. 310. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Shack Roberts, Republican state representative, pp. 308, 310, 313-314,325; "redemption" election of 1878, pp. 354, 364. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Mentioned, pp. 98, 135. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction, 1981.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Meshack Roberts, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Meshack Roberts, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Meshack Roberts, 15th 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.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 15th session composite photo of 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
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Claims and Accounts  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Immigration  
    Private Land Claims  
     

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