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Alvah Chesley

Full Name: Alvah Chesley
Date of birth: September 27, 1831
Date of death: July 17, 1907

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2)   Democrat Bellville / Austin   Austin, Burleson, Fort Bend, Waller, Washington
H 38 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (3)   Democrat Bellville / Austin   Austin

(1) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(2) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883
(3) Mentioned in "The news from Austin . . . Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate . . . Hunter restored to his seat . . . Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "A. Chesley," 7/19/1907, p. 1. "Resolutions Upon the Death of Mr. A. Chesley," from the Austin County bar association meeting on 8/23/1907, printed 9/6/1907, p. 1. Bellville Times.
  • Obituary, "Hon. A Chesley Dead: Father of the Independent School District Law and Homestead Exemption Decision Was His Idea," 7/18/1907, p. 8. Galveston Daily News.
  • Obituary, "A. Chesley Is Dead: Former Legislator Expires at His Home in Bellville . . . ," The Houston Post, 7/18/1907, p. 7. Birth date 9/27/1831, death date 7/17/1907. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, A. Chesley, pp. 104-105. "He is a Democrat, and there being no Democratic nominee in his district, he ran as an independent candidate and was elected to the 15th Legislature by 182 majority." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 240. Born 9/27/1831 in New Hampshire. Nominated at Democratic Convention for Senate and elected in November 1882. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.

Military Service Notes

Other Resources


  • Photograph. A. Chesley, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. A. Chesley, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

18th R.S. - 1883
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses  
Department Report Delays  
Judiciary No. 1  
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
State Affairs  
15th R.S. - 1876
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses  
Judiciary No. 2  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 

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