Israel Bennoni Bigelow

Full Name: Israel Bennoni Bigelow
Date of birth: September 26, 1809
Date of death: March 29, 1869

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 24 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (1) (2)     Brownsville / Cameron   Cameron, Starr

(1) 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.
(2) 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

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, pp. 382-383, Hon. Israel Bennoni Bigelow. Born in Colchester, Vermont, 9/26/1809, went to Texas in early days of the Republic and settled in Brownsville, died in Brownsville, 3/29/1869. Genealogy of the Bigelow Family of America: From the Marriage in 1642 of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the Year 1890., 1890.
  • Biographical information and description of the founding of the City of Brownsville, pp. 106-108. Description of the creation of Starr and Cameron Counties in 1848 and the election of the counties' first officials, pp. 127-128. Judge Israel Bigelow authored the bill that established Hidalgo County, p. 130. John McAllen laments the death of his friend, Israel B. Bigelow, who died on March 29, 1869. p. 307. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Description of Radical Republican takeover of Brownsville during reconstruction: Israel Bigelow and, eventually, Jerry Galvan ousted; Ferdinand Schlickum sent to first Republican Convention; Rip Ford wounded in fight with the sheriff, pp. 305-309. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.

Other Resources

  • Account of efforts of Valley landowners to create an independent territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers, pp. 115-117. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.

Committee Information top

4th R.S. - 1851
Apportionment  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Indian Affairs  
Judiciary  
Land Titles West of the Nueces, Select  
Land Titles, Investigation Report of Commissioners William H. Bourland and James B. Miller, Select  

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