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Robert D. Allison Robert Donaldson Allison
Full Name: Robert Donaldson Allison
Date of birth: September 25, 1810
Date of death: December 15, 1900

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 28 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin
H 28 Jan 8, 1884 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin
H 49 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin, Grayson
S 21 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (7) (8) (9)   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin, Denton, Wise
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) "Over the state: McKinney," 10/30/1883, p. 1, "Col. R.S. Allison announces himself today as a candidate for the Legislature"; "Austin: Bonds bought, university matters . . .," 12/7/1883, p. 1. "Colonel Allison is reported by a private telegram to have been elected representative over Bill Merritt from Collin county. Allison is an experienced legislator." [no party given] Galveston Daily News.
(4) "The State Legislature: Proceedings of the Extra Session, House," 1/9/1884, p. 1. "Members-elect were qualified: R.D. Allison of Collin County, Sterling Fisher of Hays County, A.T. Rainey of Anderson County, John L. Galt of Wood County. . ." Galveston Daily News.
(5) 18th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Newly elected members presented their credentials and took oath of office, 1/8/1884, p. 1: Sterling Fisher of Hays County, A.T. Rainey of Anderson, John L. Galt of Wood, and R.D. Allison of Collin. House Journal.
(6) Robert D. Allison, in special election 12/4/1883, sworn 1/8/1884, succeeded Edward Chambers, resigned 9/17/1883. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(8) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(9) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Robert Donaldson Allison, by Jackie Mae White Bishop. Article from the Smith County Genealogical Society Vol. XIII, No. 1, Winter 2001, pp. 1-8. Denny-Loftis Genealogy, 2010.
  • Robert Donalson Allison, birth date 9/25/1810, death date 12/15/1900, biographical sketch and photos, interment in Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County. Find a Grave.
  • Biography, pp. 119-120. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Army, Colonel, Mexican War. Confederate States Army, Colonel, 20th Tennessee Cavalry and 26th Tennessee Infantry. Biographical sketch, military grave marker, and portrait, Robert Donaldson Allison. Find a Grave.
  • Find a Grave
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, 24th Tennessee Infantry. Robert Donaldson Allison. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned, p. 373, represented Collin County. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Birth date 9/25/1810, death date 12/5/1900. Interment in Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney. Also served in the Tennessee legislature. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert D. Allison, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert D. Allison, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert D. Allison, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 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.
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Revenue and Taxation  
    State Affairs  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Contingent Expenses  
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    State Affairs  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Lunatic Asylum  
    Rooms in Capitol Building  
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising (Chair) 

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