F. Tegener

Frederick Tegener

Full Name: Frederick "Fritz" Tegener
Date of birth: 1833
Date of death: June 21, 1901

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 29 Feb 9, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (1) (2)   Radical Republican Fredericksburg / Gillespie   Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Menard, Wilson
H 67 Aug 16, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (3)     Kerrville / Kerr   Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard

(1) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Qualified and took the oath of office on 2/9/1870. House Journal.
(2) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
(3) Not present at organization of the House on 8/6/1866. Frederick Tegener sworn 8/16/1866, p. 62. House Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • E. Tegener in 11th Legislature, R.S.; Fritz Tegener in 12th Legislature, R.S., p. 2. House Journal. 11th R.S. 12th R.S.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Member of "Union Loyal League, a militia organized to protect areas of Kendall, Gillespie, and Kerr counties from Indian raids and Confederate actions . . . with the rank of 'Major.'" Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • Funeral notice, Fritz Tegener, 6/21/1901, p. 2. Death date 6/21/1901. Austin Daily Statesman.
  • Obituary of Mrs. Augusta Tegener, 1/3/1929, p. 8. "Widow of the late Judge Fritz Tegener, at one time justice of the peace, and member of the Texas legislature . . . " Austin Statesman.
  • Major Fritz Tegener, "Texas Marker Pays Tribute to Unionists," 8/10/1939, p. 7. "Tolbert's Texas," 11/24/1955, p. 21 (including comments from Fritz Tegener's granddaughter, Mrs. C.A. Maas of Dallas, about Tegener being honored on a monument to Union soldiers in Comfort, Kendall County, and going to Mexico to become a gold miner; "After the war he returned to Texas and was a legislator and judge."). "Texas' Private Civil War," 10/20/1958, p. 4. "Comfort to Honor German Unionists," 7/26/1962, p. 15 ("Fritz Tegener, the commanding officer of the Unionists, survived the massacre and later served as a member of the 11th Texas Legislature."). Dallas Morning News.
  • Census of 1860 - Frederick Tegener, Kerr County, age 27, born circa 1833 in Prussia, mast. carpenter, living in household with Susan Tegener (age 16), Texana Tegener (9 months), and Gustav Tegener (age 30).
    Fritz Tegener, marriage to Augusta Strunk 10/16/1866 in Austin, Travis County.
    Census of 1880 - Fritz Tegener, Travis County, age 47, born circa 1833 in Germany, farmer, wife Augusta Tegener, sons Gustav, Fritz, and Hilmar, daughter Therese. FamilySearch. 1860 1880 Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
  • Frederick F. Tegener (1833-1901), burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, with Augusta F. Tegener (1840-1929) and Gustave R. Tegener (1868-1882). Find a Grave.
  • "Close examination reveals that the German wartime resistance leaders subsequently became Repubican politicians and civil servants. In these ranks were . . . Fritz Tegener," "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, p. 449. Journal of Southern History.
  • Frederick Tegener marriage to Susan Benson 12/21/1858 in Kerr County, listed in Chapter IX, "Cupid on the Frontier," p. 63; Fritz Tegener's activities in the Union Loyalist League, major of the battalion, pp. 69-71. Kerr County, Texas, 1856-1976, 1975.
  • Frederick Tegener. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Major Fritz Tegener, Union Loyalist League, p. 177. Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County, 1949/1999, crediting Patrick Heath Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Marriage of Hon. Fritz Tegener of Kerr County to Miss Augusta Strunk of Austin, The Southern Intelligencer (Austin, Texas), 10/18/1866, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photo and biographical information included in "Myth, Fate Clash Around Tegener’s Role in Unionist Movement." West Kerr Current.


  • Photograph. F. Tegener, 11th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

12th Adjourned - 1871
Comptroller and Treasurer's Offices, Select  
Comptroller, Impeachment of (Chair) 
Federal Relations (Chair) 
Fire Protection of State Buildings  
State Affairs  
12th R.S. - 1871
Indian Affairs (Chair) 
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Lands and Land Office  
State Affairs  
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Indian Affairs (Chair) 
Public Buildings and Grounds  
11th R.S. - 1866
Claims and Accounts  
Indian Affairs  

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