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William A. Saylor

Full Name: William A. Saylor
Date of birth: December 5, 1843
Date of death: September 20, 1887

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 17 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 13, 1874 12th (4) (5)   13th (1) (2) (3)   Radical Republican Bryan / Brazos   Brazos, Burleson, Milam

(1) 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.
(2) Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(3) "Returning radicals [to the 13th Legislature] were Thomas H. Baker, Webster Flanagan, S.W. Ford, Albert J. Fountain, Matthew Gaines, Phidello W. Hall, Henry Rawson, George T. Ruby, William A. Saylor, and Robert P. Tendick," p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 6-year term. Senate Journal.
(5) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, pp. 111-112. Born 1843, lived in Bryan, Radical faction of Texas Republican party. Named to Republican state executive committee 1871. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Captain, Company A, 23rd Iowa Infantry. Entered service 8/1/1862 in Des Moines, Iowa, discharged 1/1/1863 in Patterson, Missouri, birth date 12/5/1843 in Van Buren County, Iowa, death in Austin, age 47. Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000. FamilySearch.

Other Resources

  • W.A. Saylor, Bryan, Brazos County, born in Iowa, lawyer, age 29. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • Listed in "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931," pp. 205-209. Includes Date, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. Early History of Grimes County, 1930. Early History of Grimes County
  • Census of 1880 - W.A. Saylor, Austin, Travis County, age 36, born circa 1844 in Iowa, U.S. Government Contractor. FamilySearch. 1880
  • Obituary, "Hon. Wm. A. Saylor," The Galveston Daily News, 9/21/1887, p. 2. "He came to Texas in 1865, was state senator in the Brazos district, and was largely instrumental in having the State Agricultural college located at Bryan." Death date 9/20/1887. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Photographs

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Contingent Expenses  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Buildings  
Rules, Select  
State Affairs  
12th Adjourned - 1871
Finance  
Fire Protection of State Buildings  
Internal Improvements  
Printing  
Public Buildings (Chair) 
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
Superintendent of Education  
12th R.S. - 1871
Finance  
Internal Improvements  
Printing  
Public Buildings (Chair) 
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Arrested Senators, Select  
Finance  
Internal Improvements  
Printing  
Public Buildings (Chair) 
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
12th Provisional - 1870
Printing  

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