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Thomas Reuben Bonner Thomas Reuben Bonner
Full Name: Thomas Reuben Bonner
Date of birth: September 11, 1838
Date of death: August 30, 1891

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th   Democrat Tyler / Smith Speaker   Smith
H 12 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (1) (2)     Rusk / Cherokee   Cherokee
(1) In 1866 Bonner had represented Cherokee County in the Texas legislature . . . [he] impressed his colleagues with his loyalty to the Democratic party." American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
(2) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Presentation of cane to Speaker from members of the House of Representatives, 15th Legislature, 8/21/1876, pp. 992-995. House Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
  • Col. Thomas Reuben Bonner, birth date 9/11/1838, death date 8/30/1891, biographical sketch and photos, interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County. Find a Grave.
  • BONNER, THOMAS REUBEN (1838-1891). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 24th Speaker of the House of Representatives: Thomas Reuben Bonner. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 75-77. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, William B. Ochiltree's 18th Texas Infantry. "He entered Confederate service in April 1862 as captain, Company C, of Col. William B. Ochiltree's Eighteenth Texas Infantry. He was subsequently major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of that regiment, which served in the Trans-Mississippi Department as an element of Walker's Texas Division." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 74. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Thomas Reuben Bonner. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Thomas Reuben Bonner, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. Thomas Reuben Bonner, 11th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Thomas Reuben Bonner, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 11th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, south wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Jefferson Davis, Petition to Release, Select  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
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