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Emory Rains

Full Name: Emory Rains
Date of birth: May 4, 1800
Date of death: March 4, 1878

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2)     Springville / Wood   Upshur, Wood
H 25 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Shelbyville / Shelby   Panola, San Augustine, Shelby
H 9 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Shelbyville / Shelby   San Augustine, Shelby
H Shelby Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (3)     Shelbyville / Shelby   Shelby

(1) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, oath of office administered, 11/7/1859, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(2) 8th Legislature - One of 15 newcomers to the Senate, 8th Regular Session, p. 302. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(3) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Emery Rains, age 53, native state Tennessee, emigrated from Tennessee in 1816, farmer, postoffice Shelbyville, Shelby County. House Journal.
  • Emery Rains. Senate Journal. 8th R.S.

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, p. 157. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • RAINS, EMORY (1800-1878). "Sometime before 1859 he moved to Wood County; he represented that county in the Senate of the Eighth Legislature." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Emory Rains. "As a state senator from Wood County, Rains refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy and remained at home farming for the rest of the war." Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.

Other Resources


  • Photograph. Emory Rains, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature

Committee Information top

8th R.S. - 1859
Private Land Claims  
5th R.S. - 1853
Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
4th R.S. - 1851
Claims and Accounts  
Post Routes  
Public Buildings  
2nd R.S. - 1847
Apportionment of Representation, Select  
Claims and Accounts  
Internal Improvements  

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