Peter W. Gray

Peter W. Gray

Full Name: Peter W. Gray
Date of birth: December 12, 1819
Date of death: October 3, 1874

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 17 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (1) (2)     Houston / Harris   Harris
H Harris Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (3)     Houston / Harris   Harris

(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.
(3) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Army of the Republic of Texas, Captain; 2nd Lieutenant, Milam Guards. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Colonel and Judge of Military Court. Peter W. Gray. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 55, 150, Plate No. 63. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.

Other Resources

  • "The District Judgeship," letter from Houston Bar to Edward A. Palmer requesting he be a candidate for District Judge for 7th Judicial District, vacated by P.W. Gray, 5/18/1860; Edward A. Palmer's reply, 5/19/1860. Galveston Weekly News, 5/29/1860, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Mentioned as early Houston lawyer, p. 80. Young, Samuel Oliver. A Thumb-Nail History of the City of Houston, Texas, From Its Founding in 1836 to the Year 1912, 1912. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Delegate to Secession Convention of Texas, 1861. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861. Edited from the original in the department of state by Ernest William Winkler, State Librarian. Texas Library and Historical Commission, the State Library. Austin: Austin Print. Co., 1912, pp. 20-22. Originally published serially in newspapers. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
  • Biographical notes, p. 210. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.


Committee Information top

4th R.S. - 1851
Enrolled Bills  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary (Chair) 
1st R.S. - 1846
Judiciary (Chair) 
Mail Routes (Post Routes), Select  
Repairs to Public Buildings in Austin, Select  

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