R.C. Duff

Robert Crews Duff

Full Name: Robert Crews Duff
Date of birth: February 5, 1873
Date of death: December 13, 1942

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 22 Jan 13, 1903 - Jan 10, 1905 28th   Democrat Beaumont / Jefferson   Jefferson, Orange
H 40 Jan 8, 1895 - Feb 14, 1895 24th (1) (2)   Democrat Columbia / Brazoria   Brazoria, Matagorda

(1) Columbia post office renamed East Columbia in 1927. Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) N.H. Haller, sworn 2/14/1895, unseated R.C. Duff in election contest the same day. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, R.C. Duff, p. 133. Born in Columbia, 2/5/1873. "In practice of law, Brazoria Co., 1892-1900, Beaumont, 1900-05." Texian Who's Who, 1937.

Military Service Notes

  • Captain, Spanish-American War, 1898. Houston Chronicle.
  • R.C. Duff, Texas Volunteer Guard, Call Number 401-190. Born in Columbia, Brazoria County; lawyer; oath 3/20/1903. "In volunteer guard and raised company of cavalry for service in late war . . . " Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935.

Other Resources

  • Relatives: Robert Crews Duff - brother, Frederick Joseph Duff - brother. Culpepper Connections' Family Tree.
  • Robert Crews Duff, birth date 2/5/1873 in Columbia, Texas; death date 12/13/1942 in Houston, Harris County; attorney; burial in West Columbia. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Robert Crews Duff, birth date 2/5/1873, death date 12/13/1942, burial in Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, Brazoria County. Includes obituary in Freeport Facts, 12/17/1942. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in BEAUMONT AND GREAT NORTHERN RAILROAD. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in WACO, BEAUMONT, TRINITY AND SABINE RAILWAY. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Obituary and photo, "Funeral Held for R.C. Duff, Railway Head," 12/14/1942, pp. 1, 2. "In 1902 Colonel Duff was elected to represent Jefferson and Orange counties in the Twenty-Eighth Texas Legislature and served one term."
    Obituary, 12/14/1942, p. 19. "R.C. Duff, president of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine Railroad Company . . . He practiced law in Brazoria County from the age of 19. In 1901 he moved to Beaumont, and in 1910 he moved to Houston." Houston Chronicle.
  • Separate cards for R.C. Duff, 24th Legislature, from Columbia and R.C. Duff, 28th Legislature, from Beaumont. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Separate entries for R.C. Duff, 24th Legislature, from Columbia and Robert C. Duff, 28th Legislature, from Beaumont. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • First name Robert. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
  • Speech in Governor's reception room quoted, Vol. II, pp. 137-138. Year Book for Texas, Volume II, 1903.


  • Photograph. R.C. Duff, 28th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

28th R.S. - 1903
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 1  
Towns and City Corporations  
24th R.S. - 1895
Counties and County Boundaries  
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 2  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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