Santos Benavides

Full Name: Santos Benavides
Date of birth: November 1, 1823
Date of death: November 9, 1891

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 83 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Duval, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Zapata, Encinal
H 76 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (2) (3) (4) (5)   Unaffiliated Laredo / Webb   Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Zapata
H 76 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (6)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Zapata

(1) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(2) "In the legislative convention T.W. Keneday, of Starr county, was nominated for representative. Col. Santos Benavides will probably run independent," 10/7/1880, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Election returns list Benavides as an Independent, p. 1, 11/4/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(4) Independent Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(6) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • BENAVIDES, SANTOS (1823-1891). Birth date 11/1/1823. Relatives: Basilio Benavides - uncle; Santos Benavides - nephew. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • BOTAS AND GUARACHES. In 1884, Santos Benavides was instrumental in the formation of the Guarache or citizen's party of South Texas, a faction of the democratic party opposed to the Botas. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biography in the LRL collection, 976.4 T374T 2017. Tejano Tiger: José de los Santos Benavides and the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891, 2017.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 272. Born in Laredo, 11/1/1827. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 267. Born in Laredo, 11/1/1827. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Santos Benavides, birth date 11/1/1823, death date 11/9/1891, portrait, biographical sketch, historical marker, burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb County Find a Grave.
  • 10th Legislature, 1st Called Session, Special Laws, Joint Resolution of thanks to Col. Santos Benavides and the officers and men under his command, approved 5/24/1864. General and Special Laws of the State of Texas.
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, 33rd Texas Cavalry (or Benavides' Regiment). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • "The highest-ranking Mexican Texan in the Confederate Army," p. xxiv. Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de La Garza and Manuel Yturri, 2011.
  • Santos Benavides, birth date 11/1/1823, death date 11/9/1891. "In 1864 the Texas legislature formally thanked Benavides for his defense of Laredo and the border. Highest ranking Hispanic Confederate." Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 28-29, 121, Plate No. 51. Birth date 11/1/1821, death date 11/9/1891. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Detailed account of Confederate States Army service throughout, including portrait. Captain, Benavides' Company, Texas Mounted Rifles; Major, 33rd Texas Cavalry; Colonel, Benavides' Regiment. Appendix A: Confederates, p. 180. Vaqueros in Blue and Gray, 2000.

Other Resources


  • Photograph. Sant. Benavides, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. S. Benavedas, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

18th R.S. - 1883
Federal Relations  
Insurance and Statistics  
Memorial Services for Hon. W.H. Tucker of Anderson and Hon. A.J. Leo of Hidalgo  
Military Affairs  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
Reception for Distinguished Mexican Visitors, Including Ex-President Porfirio Diaz  
17th R.S. - 1881
Congressional Districts  
Federal Relations  
Indian Affairs  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
16th R.S. - 1879
Agriculture and Stock Raising  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  

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