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David Catchings Dickson David Catchings Dickson
Full Name: David Catchings Dickson
Date of birth: February 25, 1818
Date of death: June 5, 1880

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 17 Feb 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (1) (2) (3)   9th (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)     Anderson / Grimes   Grimes, Montgomery, Walker
H 39 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (11)     Anderson / Grimes   Grimes
H 39 Jul 7, 1856 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (12) (13)     Anderson / Grimes   Grimes
H 30 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Anderson / Grimes Speaker   Grimes
H 28 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (14)     Anderson / Grimes   Grimes, Montgomery
H Montgomery Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (15) (16)     Anderson / Montgomery   Grimes, Montgomery, Walker
(1) Address, Anderson, home county, Grimes. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 10th Legislature - 11/3/1863, p. 1. Holdover Senator, listed in "roll was then called as follows. . ." Senate Journal.
(3) Anderson post office, resident county Grimes. Senate Journal.
(4) "In 1841, after graduating from medical school in Lexington, Kentucky, [Dickson] and his wife moved with a group to the area of Anderson, Texas, then in Montgomery County (now in Grimes County). . . . After his death he was buried in the family cemetery near his home at Anderson, on June 5, 1880." Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Address Montgomery, home county, Montgomery. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) David C. Dickson, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded Anthony M. Branch, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) "Dickson established residence in Montgomery County, later to become Grimes County . . ." Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
(8) 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Oath of office, 2/2/1863, p. 1. "The following gentlemen presented their credentials as Senators-elect from the respective districts to fill vacancies . . . " Senate Journal.
(9) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/12/1861, p. 42. Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - predecessor Anthony M. Branch drew "the long term" (four years). Senate Journal.
(10) Montgomery post office, resident county Montgomery. Senate Journal.
(11) Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(12) David C. Dickson, sworn 7/7/1856, succeeded Robert C. Neblett, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(13) Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(14) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(15) ANDERSON, TX was in Montgomery County until 1846 when Grimes County organized. Handbook of Texas Online.
(16) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
  • DICKSON, DAVID CATCHINGS (1818-1880). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 4th Lieutenant Governor, 9th Speaker of the House of Representatives: David Catchings Dickson. Portrait and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas Army, surgeon, Texas Revolution; Captain, Texas militia "while Texas was a member of the Confederacy." Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • In June of 1855, the Know-Nothing party announced its first slate of state candidates. "Heading the ticket for governor was Lieutenant Governor David C. Dickson of Grimes County, forty year-old farmer-lawyer, who had previously been given the blessing of the state Democrats in his bid for re-election as lieutenant governor. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, p. 415. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Legislative service, including Lieutenant Governor in 5th Legislature, Know-Nothing candidate for Governor in 1855, portrait, pp. 4-5, 34. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. David Catchings Dickson, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. David Catchings Dickson, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    10th R.S. - 1863
    Claims and Accounts  
    Education (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Revision of Rules  
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Confederate Relations  
    Cotton Card Factory of the Messrs. Eubank of Williamson County (Co-Chair) 
    Education (Chair) 
    Engrossed Bills  
    Militia and Military Affairs  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    State Military Board (Co-Chair) 
    Treasurer's Books  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Contingent Expenses  
    Convention to Frame a New State Constitution  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    Rules, Select  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Geological Surveys and Bureau of Agriculture, Select  
    Internal Improvements  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings  
    Public Lands  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Apportionment, Special  
    Comptroller and Treasurer, Examine  
    Contingent Expenses  
    County Boundaries  
    Governor's Message, Select  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Public Printing (Chair) 
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Claims and Accounts  
    Land Office  
    Mail Routes (Post Routes), Select (Chair) 
    Paper Money Issued by Republic of Texas, Public Debt, Select  

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