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Benjamin Rush Plumley
Full Name: Benjamin Rush Plumley
Other surnames: Plumly
Date of birth: May 15, 1816
Date of death: December 9, 1887

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 64 Jan 11, 1887 - Dec 9, 1887 20th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 36 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (5) (6)   Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
H 12 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (7)   Radical Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
(1) Mr. Plumly is a "life-long Republican," p. 167. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
(2) "In politics, Major Plumley was a Republican," discussion of Republican party in speeches by colleagues. 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, House Journal, pp. 162-169. House Journal.
(3) Guy M. Bryan, sworn 5/2/1888, succeeded Benjamin R. Plumley, died 12/9/1887. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) Republican, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Republican. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(7) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, House Journal, pp. 162-169. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • PLUMLY, BENJAMIN RUSH (1816-1887). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, pp. 166-167. "Made Speaker [in 12th Legislature], but declined it, and became leader of the House." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Biographical sketch. Born 3/10/1816. Virtual American Biographies, 2000.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Army (Union Army), Civil War. Memorial resolution: "At the breaking out of the war between the states, in 1861, he with his two sons and son-in-law, entered the Union army and was assigned to duty on General Fremont's staff in Missouri. In 1863 he was made special agent of the United States treasury at New Orleans, and in 1864 and 1865 was chairman of the city board of education, which positions he held by appointment of President Lincoln." 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, House Journal, pp. 162-169. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Other Resources
  • Correspondence from Benjamin Rush Plumly to President Abraham Lincoln concerning the education of freedmen, 3/23/1865. "The Abraham Lincoln Papers," Library of Congress.
  • Excerpts from Plumley's "Report of the Board of Education for Freedmen," submitted on February 28, 1865. Library of Congress.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 20th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
    Educational Affairs  
    Public Building and Grounds  
    Public Health and Vital Statistics  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Federal Relations  
    Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    Comptroller and Treasurer's Offices, Select  
    Education  
    Fire Protection of State Buildings  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Rules  
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Education  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Rules  
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Immigration  
    12th Provisional - 1870
    Rules  
     

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