E.B. Pickett

Edward Bradford Pickett

Full Name: Edward Bradford Pickett
Date of birth: December 23, 1823
Date of death: January 26, 1882

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Feb 21, 1870 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (1) (2) (3)   12th (4) (5) (6) (7)   13th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Liberty / Liberty Senate President Pro Tempore (13th)   Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Tyler
H 1 Nov 4, 1861 - Mar 1, 1862 9th (8)     Liberty / Liberty   Chambers, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange

(1) 13th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 1/15/1873, Regular Session, due to the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor and the resignation of President Pro Tem Flanagan. Senate Journal.
(2) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) "Pickett was elected as a Democrat to the state Senate in the general election of 1869 and served during the Twelfth and Thirteenth sessions of the legislature." Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(6) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Absent on opening day, 2/8/1870, p. 4. Qualified, took the oath of office and his seat on 2/21/1870, p. 31. Senate Journal. February 21, 1870 February 8, 1870
(7) 12th Legislature - party affiliation, Conservative. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(8) Isaiah Junker, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded Edward B. Pickett, resigned 3/1/1862. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 76th Legislature, R.S., SR 720, recognizing April 26, 1999, as Liberty County Day at the State Capitol. "Colonel Edward Bradford Pickett of Liberty, presided over the 1875 Texas Constitutional Convention." Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.

Biographical Sketches

  • PICKETT, EDWARD BRADFORD (1823-1882). Death date 1/26/1882. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Obituary, "Death of Col. E.B. Pickett," The Lake Charles Echo (Lake Charles, Louisiana), 1/28/1882, p. 2, from the Beaumont Enterprise. Newspapers.com.
  • Biographical sketch, Edward Brown Pickett, p. 171. Grandfather E.B. Pickett, Sr., president of the State Constitutional Convention of 1876. The Twenty-Seventh Legislature and State Administration of Texas, 1901.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Company I, 25th Cavalry, enlistment as Captain 4/1/1862 in Parker County, Texas. Edward Bradford Pickett, born 1824 in Buckingham County, Virginia; died 1882 in Liberty County, Texas. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Company I, 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Edward B. Pickett (1823-1882). Col. E.B. Pickett (1826-1882), portrait and biographical sketch, burial in Liberty City Cemetery, Liberty County. Find a Grave.

Other Resources

  • Relatives: Edward Bradford Pickett (1823-1882) - grandfather, Edward Brown Pickett (1877-1951) - grandson. Edward Bradford Pickett (birth date 12/23/1823) and Virginia Orange Bell's son was Edward Bradford Pickett, Jr. (1852-1926), who married Mollie Nolan; their son was Edward Brown Pickett (1877-1951). Col. E.B. Pickett Family Tree; Family Bible of Agness W Pickett Walden (1829-1899). Ancestry.com.
  • Obituary and tribute from Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas Board of Directors [Texas A&M] dated 1/27/1882. "The late Hon. E.B. Pickett [extract from Minutes of Faculty]," 1/31/1882, p. 3. No mention of date of death. Galveston Daily News.
  • E.B. Pickett of Liberty, Chapter 5, Jefferson County, election to state senate on 12/3/1869, pp. 153-154; election to constitutional convention of 1875, p. 159. Grass-Roots Reconstruction in Texas, 1865-1880, 1997.
  • Article on "Three generations of E.B. Pickett's," 9/22/1899, p. 3. Liberty Vindicator.
  • Mentioned in grandson E.B. Pickett, Jr.'s obituary, "E.B. Pickett Rites to Be Held Today," 11/29/1951, p. 1. "Colonel E.B. Pickett, Mr. Pickett's grandfather, first settled this area in the early 1840's. He acquired the title of colonel when he organized a company of soldiers during the civil war."
    Liberty Vindicator.
  • Texas Historical Commission plaque, Col. Edward Bradford Pickett, Liberty, Texas, crediting Private Collection of Jim Bell. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1875. Included in Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas: Begun and Held at the City of Austin Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875). Galveston : Printed for the Convention at the "News" Office, 1875, pp. 3-4. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.


  • Photograph. Edward B. Pickett, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. E.B. Pickett, 13th Legislature, Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Photograph. Edward B. Pickett, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Edward Bradford Pickett, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

12th Adjourned - 1871
Contingent Expenses  
Retrenchment and Reform  
State Affairs  
12th R.S. - 1871
Contingent Expenses  
Retrenchment and Reform  
State Affairs  
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Consider House Message of Russell Impeachment, Select  
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Retrenchment and Reform  
Rules for Impeachment Proceeding, Select  
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