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Alexander Terrell Alexander Watkins Terrell
Full Name: Alexander Watkins Terrell
Date of birth: November 23, 1827
Date of death: September 9, 1912

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 61 Jan 10, 1905 - Jan 8, 1907 29th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
H 61 Jan 13, 1903 - Jan 10, 1905 28th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
H 75 Jan 13, 1891 - Jun 22, 1892 22nd (1)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
S 24 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (2) (3)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Burnet, Travis, Williamson
S 25 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4) (5)   16th (6)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Burnet, Lampasas, Travis, Williamson
S 25 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (7)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Burnet, Lampasas, Travis, Williamson
(1) Terrell resigned 6/22/1892. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Party affiliation listed as Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, 1/10/1883, p. 1, All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office; pp. 5-6, Resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes: Drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal.
(4) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a democrat, p. 1, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as representing district 25, p. 1, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(6) 16th Legislature - 1/14/1879, p. 1. Listed as one of the "newly elected senators, approached the president's desk and took the oath of office prescribed by the constitution." Senate Journal.
(7) 15th Legislature - 4/18/1876, p. 1. All Senators listed in roll call as "Senators elect [who] answered to their names, presented their credentials, and took the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution"; in drawing of Senatorial terms 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "short term" (two years). Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 33rd Legislature, R.S., 2/3/1913, p. 369. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 500-502. Birth date 11/3/1829. Bench and Bar of Texas, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch in "State Senators elect: personal sketches completed - seventeen lawyers, seven grangers, two doctors, one editor and four colored politicians - the political structure of the new Senate of Texas," 3/3/1876, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • TERRELL, ALEXANDER WATKINS (1827-1912). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch - 28th Legislature, 1st C.S., 4/29/1903, pp. 219-226. "Presentation and acceptance of the oil portrait of Judge A. W. Terrell . . . presented to the House by Judge Yancey Lewis . . . accepted on the part of the House by Hon. W. D. Williams." House Journal.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Birth date 11/3/1827. Lone Star Junction, 1995.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biographical sketch, A.W. Terrell, pp. 41-43. Born November 3, 1828. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Alexander Watkins Terrell, p. 247. Born November 3, 1828. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 244-245. Born November 3, 1829. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Biographical sketch and overview of the Alexander Watkins Terrell papers at the Texas State Archives, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Alexander Watkins Terrell. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 16, 30, 33-34, 93-94, Plate No. 31. Terrell's Texas Cavalry Regiment "was sometimes referred to incorrectly as the 34th Texas Cavalry Regiment." Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, 34th Texas Regiment. Joined Confederate Army as a Major, 1st Texas Cavalry Regiment, Arizona Brigade. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1865. Commander of "Terrell's Texas Cavalry Regiment." Headstone inscription, biographical sketch. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Other Resources
  • Portrait and excerpt. Alexander Watkins Terrell: Civil War Soldier, Texas Lawmaker, American Diplomat, 2004.
  • Mentioned in "Finance laws have long history, questionable effect," 9/26/2004. Austin American-Statesman.
  • Photo, "Governor Jim Hogg and the Birth of the Texas Railroad Commission," p. 72. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • "Terrell, that magical political name on Texas democratic ballots, causes thousands of voters to wonder who started it," 6/28/1934, p. 8. El Paso Herald Post.
  • Mentioned in "Under the Dome at Austin," 4/25/1947. Mexia Daily News.
  • Terrell, Alexander Watkins. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 22nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 28th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexander Terrell, 29th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 22nd session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 28th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 29th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    29th R.S. - 1905
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Privileges, Suffrage and Elections (Chair) 
    Public Grounds and Buildings  
    28th R.S. - 1903
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Privileges, Suffrage and Elections (Chair) 
    Railroad Commission  
    State Affairs  
    22nd R.S. - 1891
    Article 5, Constitution of the State of Texas  
    Congress of the Western and Southwestern States and Territories, Attend  
    Constitutional Amendment to Judiciary Article  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penitentiaries  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Printing  
    Representation and Apportionment on Congressional Districts  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Governor's Mansion  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Debt  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands  
    Public Printing  
    State Asylums  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Office  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Congressional Districts  
    Congressional Districts, Apportionment  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Educational Affairs  
    Finance  
    Insurance, Statistics and History of Texas  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
    Memorial Resolutions  
    Places of Business and Suitable Buildings for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Commissioners of Appeals  
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    Public Printing  
    State Asylums  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Educational Affairs  
    Executive Mansion  
    Finance  
    Insurance, Statistics and History  
    Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
    New Judiciary Article to the Constitution (Co-Chair) 
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    Revision of Code  
    State Affairs  
    State Asylums  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Educational Affairs (Chair) 
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    State Asylums  
     

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