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Hardin Richard Runnels Hardin Richard Runnels
Full Name: Hardin Richard Runnels
Date of birth: August 30, 1820
Date of death: December 25, 1873

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 1 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Boston / Bowie Speaker   Bowie
H 14 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Unknown / Bowie   Bowie, Cass
H 2 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 21, 1850 3rd (1)     Unknown / Bowie   Bowie, Red River
H Bowie Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (2)     Unknown / Bowie   Bowie, Cass, Titus
(1) Runnels resigned 11/21/1850. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 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. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
  • RUNNELS, HARDIN RICHARD (1820-1873). Relatives: Hiram G. Runnels: uncle; Hardin R. Runnels and Howell Runnels: nephews. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • RUNNELS, HIRAM GEORGE (1796-1857). H.G. Runnels was the uncle of Texas governor Hardin R. Runnels. Volney E. Howard injured in duel with Hiram Runnels in 1840. Relatives: Hiram G. Runnels: uncle; Hardin R. Runnels and Howell Runnels: nephews. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Runnels, Hiram George. "His nephew, Hardin R. Runnels, was the fifth governor of Texas." Relatives: Hiram G. Runnels: uncle; Hardin R. Runnels and Howell Runnels: nephews. NCpedia.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • 5th Lieutenant Governor, 10th Speaker of the House of Representatives. Hardin Richard Runnels. Portrait and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of Howell W. Runnels, Jr., Watlington Manuscript 1920, RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Hardin Richard Runnels. Governor of Texas 1857-1859; Delegate to Secession Convention. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Runnels, Hardin Richard. Relatives: Hiram G. Runnels: uncle; Hardin R. Runnels and Howell Runnels: nephews. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Other Resources
  • Governor of Texas 1857-1859. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • Relatives: Howell W. Runnels, Sr. and Hardin R. Runnels - brothers. Martha C.B. Adams Runnels, wife of Howell W., acted as first lady of Texas during the term of her brother-in-law. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Texas Governors - Early Statehood: Hardin R. Runnels. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Hardin Richard Runnels, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
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    4th R.S. - 1851
    Apportionment (Chair) 
    Post Routes  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Governor's Message, Select  
    Public Debt  
    Purchase of Northwestern Territory, Governor's Message  
    State Affairs  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Apportionment of Representation, Select  
    Comptroller of Public Accounts and Treasurer of the State  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Post Routes  
    Public Debt and Outstanding Liabilities of the Late Republic of Texas  

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