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George Erath George Bernard Erath
Full Name: George Bernard Erath
Date of birth: January 1, 1813
Date of death: May 13, 1891

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 19 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Waco / McLennan   Bosque, Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Hamilton, McLennan, Runnels
S 28 Nov 4, 1861 - Jan 14, 1862 9th (4) (5) (6)     Waco / McLennan   Bosque, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, McLennan, Runnels, Taylor
S 23 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (7) (8)   7th (9) (10)     Waco / McLennan   Bell, Falls, McLennan, Milam, Williamson
H Milam Feb 17, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (11) (12)     Unknown / Milam   Milam
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) George Burney, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded George B. Erath, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/12/1861, p. 42. Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the short term" (two years). Senate Journal.
(6) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/4/1861, p. 1. Listed in roll of Senators who "presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
(7) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 6, 1860, 8th Legislature, ch. 45, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(8) 8th Legislature - 11/7/1859, p. 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(9) Listed in "New Senators elected: Democrats." Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(10) 7th Legislature - 11/2/1857, p. 1. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified took their seats." Senate Journal.
(11) Not present at organization of the House on 2/16/1846. Erath and Millican sworn on 2/17/1846, p. 7. House Journal.
(12) 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, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 80-81. Birth date 1/1/1813. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • ERATH, GEORGE BERNARD (1813-1891). Birth date 1/1/1813. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texan Volunteers, Private, Company C, 1st Regiment, Texas Revolution. Confederate States Army, 15th Texas Infantry. Commander, Major, Second Frontier District. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Company I, 15th Texas Infantry; Commander of Second Frontier District. George Bernard Erath. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. George Bernard Erath, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Photograph. George Erath, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Land Office  
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    Removal of Judge J.B. Williamson, 6th Judicial District  
    Travis County Jail, Select  
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Court of Claims  
    General Land Office  
    Governor's Veto Message  
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Militia and Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Lands (Chair) 
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Court of Claims  
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Land Office  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    State Penitentiary, Location of a Branch, Select  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Ways and Means for the Protection of the Frontier, Select  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Indian Affairs  
    Land Office  
    Petition of Citizens on the Frontier, Relative to Indian Depredations  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    San Saba County, Memorials Regarding Indian Depredations  
    Tax Laws and Payment of Taxes Upon Real Estate  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    County Boundaries  
    Land Office  
    Public Lands  

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