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Walter Ripetoe Walter Ripetoe
Full Name: Walter Ripetoe
Other surnames: Ripetoe, Rippetoe, Riptoe, Ripton
Date of birth: March 30, 1838
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 11, 1881 15th (2)   16th (1)   Republican Marshall / Harrison   Harrison

(1) Republican, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "long term" (four years). Senate Journal. April 14, 1876 April 27, 1876
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR 452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Walter E. Ripton (Ripetoe/Riptoe). Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch,"Senator from Harrison county, the Fourth District, a colored man named Roberts [sic], a farmer," in "The State Capital: extending the international railroad to Austin - personal notices of Senators elect," 2/27/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
  • Biographical sketch, Walter Ripetoe, p. 10. "In politics Mr. Ripetoe is a Republican." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Walter Rippetoe, p. 240. "Elected to the Senate as a Republican." Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 59. Birth year 1838, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Representative's real name Walter Ripton, "The roots of Texas' black lawmakers," 3/18/1996. Austin American-Statesman.
  • Walter Ripetoe, Republican state senator, teacher, pp. 313-314, 319, 353. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Roster lists name W. Ripetoe; bio lists name Walter Rippetoe. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Walter Ripetoe, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walter Ripetoe, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Agricultural Affairs  

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