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Benjamin Holland Epperson Benjamin Holland Epperson
Full Name: Benjamin Holland "Ben" Epperson
Date of birth: November 3, 1826
Date of death: September 6, 1878

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 7 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th   Democrat Jefferson / Marion   Bowie, Cass, Marion
H 2 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3)     Clarksville / Red River   Red River
H Red River Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (4)     Clarksville / Red River   Red River, Titus
(1) "In April 1860 two seemingly unrelated meetings of Unionists occurred . . . The newly created Constitutional Union party met in the Tyler courthouse to nominate delegates to that party's national convention. A.M. Gentry, . . . Anthony Bannon Norton, Benjamin Holland Epperson, and Lemuel D. Evans, completed a quartet made up of two Whigs, a Know-Nothing, and a Union Democrat. "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 444. Journal of Southern History.
(2) 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.
(3) Mentioned as an "old-line Whig" in "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 245. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(4) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, "A Guide to the Benjamin Holland Epperson Papers, 1834-1876." Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006.
  • Biographical sketch, birth date 11/3/1926. Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas, 2008.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Birth date 11/3/1824. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 55, 149. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Benjamin Holland Epperson. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo, mentioned p. 34. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Description of Benjamin Epperson's home, House of the Seasons, in Jefferson, TX. House of the Seasons.
  • 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.
  • Included on list of "Texas Whigs Named in Newspapers and Identified From the Census of 1850," Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 30-33. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • EPPERSON, BENJAMIN HOLLAND (1826-1878). "Epperson was a leader of the Whig party in Texas during the early 1850s. He ran unsuccessfully for governor on the Whig ticket in 1851 and joined the new American (Know-Nothing) party in the mid-1850s." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Benjamin Holland Epperson,9th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Photograph. Benjamin Epperson,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
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Financial Condition of the State  
    Floating Debt of the State  
    Impeachment Managers, Judge William Chambers, 1st Judicial District  
    Impeachment of Judge William Chambers, 1st Judicial District  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judges M. Walker and Wesley Ogden, Supreme Court  
    Judicial Districts (Co-Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2 (Chair) 
    Removal of Judge Martin Wheeler, 5th Judicial District  
    Texas Central Railroad  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Internal Improvement  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Apportionment of Representation, Select (Chair) 

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