Richard Henry Wood

Full Name: Richard Henry Wood
Date of birth: November 30, 1846
Date of death: January 5, 1923

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 87 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (1)   Democrat Rockport / Aransas   Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Victoria
H 13 Jan 12, 1875 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Hempstead / Austin   Austin, Fort Bend, Wharton

(1) R.H. Wood of Aransas County, whose district included Goliad County, is listed alternatively as Aransas County in the opening day roll call on p. 3, "Wood of Goliad" or "Woods of Goliad" on pp. 4, 5, 17, and 22, then "Wood of Aransas." House Journal.
(2) Waller county not included in redistricting bill. District 13 comprised of Austin, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties, p. 43, Acts 1873, 13th Legislature, ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) Waller County, established on May 19, 1873, removed from Austin County not only a fertile agricultural district but also the thriving commercial center of Hempstead, with its cotton mill, iron foundry, and rail facilities. Handbook of Texas Online.
(4) 14th Legislature, 2nd C.S. - R.N. [R.H.] Wood, member elect from the 13th Senatorial District, oath of office and added to committees, 1/12/1875, pp. 4, 9. Report of Committee on Privileges and Elections finding that R.H. Wood is entitled to the seat, resolution adopted, 2/2/1875, pp. 250-252. House Journal. February 2, 1875 January 12, 1875
(5) Hempstead, Austin County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) R.H. Wood, in special election 11/3/1874, sworn 1/12/1875, succeeded J.N. Baughman, failed to qualify. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

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Other Resources

  • Richard Henry Wood, birth date 11/30/1846 in San Patricio County, TX, death date 1/5/1923 in San Antonio, father John Howland Wood, spouse Alcanza (Cannie Howard), sons Tobias D. (T.R.) Wood and Will W. Wood. Kaiser-Speidel Family Tree.
    Census of 1880, Aransas County - R.H. Wood, age 33, stock raiser, spouse C.E. Wood, sons W.W. Wood and T. Wood.
  • Richard H. Wood of Aransas Pass listed in Representatives of 22nd Legislature, p. 209. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
  • Obituary, "R.H. Wood Dead," 1/6/1923, p. 8. Native of San Patricio, one of the developers of the town of Rockport, died at home of his son Will W. Wood. San Antonio Express.


  • Photograph. R.H. Wood, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

19th R.S. - 1885
Private Land Claims  
14th R.S. - 1874
Agriculture and Stock Raising  
Commerce and Manufactures  

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