Rufus Doane

Full Name: Rufus Doane
Date of birth: May 11, 1809
Date of death: 1865

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 33 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 2, 1857 5th (3) (4)   6th (1) (2)     San Elizario / El Paso   El Paso, Presidio
S 26 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (5) (6)     San Elizario / El Paso   El Paso, Presidio, Santa Fe, Worth

(1) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/5/1855, p. 4. Senate Journal.
(2) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(3) 5th Legislature - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/7/1853, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(4) 5th Legislature - "In part due to the redistricting and the increase in the number of members, the returning senators found themselves a minority of six: James H. Armstrong, Joseph H. Burks, Rufus Doane, Hardin Hart, William T. Scott, and M.D.K. Taylor," pp. 241, 243. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elect presented their credentials, qualified, and took their seats, 11/3/1851, pp. 3-4. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Rufus Doane, age 43 (born circa 1810), native state Massachusetts, emigrated from Missouri in 1827, mechanic, postoffice San Elizario, El Paso County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • Rufus Doane, born 5/11/1809 in Massachusetts, died 1865 in El Paso, El Paso County ,Texas. Doane Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 209. Born in Massachusetts, El Paso county sheriff in 1850. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860 - Rufus Doane, Concordia, El Paso, age 50, born circa 1810 in Massachusetts, farmer.
    Rufus Doane, birth date 5/11/1809 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, father Josiah Doane. Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915. FamilySearch. 1860 Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915.
  • "Concordia, the residence of the Hon. Rufus Doane, present senator from El Paso county, more generally known upon the frontier as Old Joe Doane . . ." Tri-Weekly State Times (Austin, Texas), 4/1/1854, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Committee Information top

6th R.S. - 1855
Indian Affairs  
Judicial Districts, Select  
Land Titles West of Nueces River, Select  
Militia  
Private Land Claims  
State Affairs  
5th R.S. - 1853
Counties and County Boundaries  
Indian Affairs (Chair) 
Judicial Districts  
Privileges and Elections  
4th R.S. - 1851
Apportionment  
Claims and Accounts  
Indian Affairs  
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Lands  
State Affairs  

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