Legislative Reference Library of Texas About the library Site Index

Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research

Legislative clips Legislative clips archive Texas media links Current articles Texshare databases New books New & Noteworthy
Legislative Archive System Index to Sections Affected Conference committee reports Constitutional amendments Vetoes State budget Redistricting information Signed copies of bills Statutory revision Texas law timeline Water law timeline Statute publication dates Legislative intent guide
Texas Legislators: Past & Present Governors of Texas Lt. Governors and Speakers Senate Presidents Pro Tempore Senate & House seniority Member statistics Chief Elected Officials Texas legislators on Twitter
Sessions and years Bill statistics Member statistics Bill effective dates Legislative deadlines Session summaries Special sessions Legislative staff lists
Today's meetings Meetings by date Standing committees Committees by session Committee search Legislative reports Committee minutes Standing committee appointments
Library catalog House & Senate Journals House & Senate Rules Parliamentary resources General and Special Laws of Texas Codes of 1856 Paschal's Digest Penal Code revision research guide Code of Criminal Procedure guide Deceptive Trade Practices Act Impeachment of O.P. Carrillo Gubernatorial inauguration materials Water resources research guide School finance litigation archive
Frequently Asked Questions Contacting your legislator Texas bill status State agency hotlines & citizen   assistance Texas legislative agencies &   process Other libraries Public policy resources

LRL Home - Legislators and Leaders - Texas Legislators: Past & Present - Member profileprinter friendly versionreturn to screen view

Santos Benavides 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
  • 22nd Legislature, 1st C.S., 4/12/1892, p. 269. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Santos Benavides, birth date 11/1/1823, death date 11/9/1891, portrait, biographical sketch, and headstone photos, interment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb County. Find a Grave.
  • 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, p. 272. Born in Laredo, 11/1/1827. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biography, 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. 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
  • Text of Webb County historical marker: Saunders Street Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Texas. Birth date November 1, 1823. Fort Tours.
  • Mentioned in TEJANO POLITICS. Listed among the Tejanos who served in the Texas House and Senate. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Part II, Historical Survey, "Secession and Civil War." Shared Experience: the History, Architecture and Historic Designations of the Lower Rio Grande Heritage Corridor, 1994.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Santos Benavides, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. Santos Benavides, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    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  

    This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

    Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

    Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.