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Joseph Sayers Joseph Draper Sayers
Full Name: Joseph Draper Sayers
Date of birth: September 23, 1841
Date of death: May 15, 1929

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 26 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Bastrop / Bastrop   Bastrop, Fayette
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1, listed as "Senator elect." "There being a quorum present, by consent of the Senate, the following Senators elect qualified, taking their seats as members of the 13th Legislature." Senate Journal.
(3) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 41st Legislature, 1st C.S., 5/16/1929, pp. 527-528. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 41st Legislature, 1st C.S., SCR 10, 5/16/1929, pp. 355-356. Resolution also printed in House Journal, 41st 1st C.S., 5/16/1929, p. 527. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 60th Legislature, R.S., HCR 58 (engrossed). Last action in Senate: referred to Committee on State Affairs, 3/14/1967 (Senate Journal, p. 440). Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • SAYERS, Joseph Draper (1841-1929). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • SAYERS, JOSEPH DRAPER (1841-1929). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • 12th Lieutenant Governor: Joseph Draper Sayers. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Portrait (July 1862) and biographical sketch, p. 17. Texans and Their State: A Newspaper Reference Work, 1918.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 235. Birth date 9/23/1842. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biography and Portrait of Joseph D. Sayers, pp. 359-374. Relatives: Joseph Draper Sayers and William B. Sayers - brothers. Year Book for Texas, 1901, 1902.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Major. Sayers was "the last Confederate soldier to serve as governor." Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • "Governor Sayers and his wife are now buried together in Bastrop, Texas, the place from which he left school in 1861 to enlist in the Fifth Regiment of Texas Mounted Volunteers of the Confederate Army. Major Sayers fought in several fierce engagements from Val Verde, New Mexico to Mansfield, Louisiana, and acquitted himself with valour and heroism. He suffered several severe wounds and finished the war on crutches." 60th Legislature, R.S., HCR 58 (engrossed). Resolutions - Memorial.
  • "Governor Sayers lived a long and useful life, filled with heroic deeds and magnificent achievements. He fought valiantly in the cause of the Confederacy throughout the Civil War, and was among the last, if not the last, survivor of Tom Green's Brigade. He was wounded at the Battle of Val Verde, again at the Battle of Mansfield, and on both occasions exhibited that rare courage and fortitude which only a soldier of the highest type can." 41st Legislature, 1st C.S., SCR 10, 5/16/1929, pp. 355-356. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 76-77. Birth date 9/23/1842. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Valverde Battery; Major, Assistant Adjutant General, 5th Texas Cavalry. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 5-6, 44, 79, Plate No. 67. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Governor of Texas 1899-1903. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Joseph Sayers, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. Joseph Sayers, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Joseph Sayers, 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.
  • 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
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Lands (Chair) 
    Superintendent of Public Schools (Co-Chair) 
     

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