David Whaley

David Moreland Whaley

Full Name: David Moreland Whaley
Date of birth: 1822
Date of death: August 22, 1862

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 21 Nov 11, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3)     Centerville / Leon   Brazos, Burleson, Leon, Robertson
S 21 Jan 12, 1858 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (4)     Centerville / Leon   Brazos, Burleson, Leon, Robertson

(1) 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.
(2) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - Not present at the organization of the Senate. First mentioned in appointments to Senate committees, 11/9/1859, p. 10; Oath of office, 11/11/1859, p. 44. Senate Journal. November 11, 1859 November 9, 1859
(3) 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.
(4) David Whaley, sworn 1/12/1858, succeeded Elliot M. Millican, resigned before session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • "Who Toots Now?", The Democratic Platform. For the Campaign. (Austin, Texas), 7/14/1859, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. "D.M. Whaley, running for Senator on the Houston ticket . . . in favor of re-opening the African slave trade." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Support of foreign slave trade mentioned in The Democratic Platform. For the Campaign. (Austin, Texas), 7/26/1859, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 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.


  • Photograph. David Whaley, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature

Committee Information top

8th R.S. - 1859
Claims and Accounts  
Enrolled Bills  
Reduction of Expenditures of the State Government  
7th R.S. - 1857
Privileges and Elections  

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