Elisha Marshall Pease

Full Name: Elisha Marshall Pease
Date of birth: January 3, 1812
Date of death: August 26, 1883

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 11 Nov 9, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     Brazoria / Brazoria   Brazoria, Galveston
H Brazoria Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (6)     Brazoria / Brazoria   Brazoria
H Brazoria Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (7)     Brazoria / Brazoria   Brazoria

(1) "Being absent from the state when an extra sesson was convened by Governor Bell during that year [1850], he resigned and terminated his legislative service." Bench and Bar of Texas, 1885.
(2) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) Elisha M. Pease unseated John B. Jones in election contest 11/9/1849, and was sworn the same day. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - Majority report of committee on Privileges and Elections, petition of E.M. Pease contesting the seat of the Hon. John B. Jones, 11/8/1849, pp. 98-99; Minority report and adoption of majority report, Pease took oath and his seat, 11/9/1849, pp. 103, 105-106. Senate Journal. November 8, 1849 November 9, 1849
(6) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) Loco Foco. 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

  • Biography and portrait, pp. 221-250. Pease "always acted with the Democratic Party until the policy of secession drove him from it in 1861." Bench and Bar of Texas, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Governor Elisha Marshall Pease, pp. 44-45. The Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881.
  • PEASE, ELISHA MARSHALL (1812-1883). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Elisha Marshall Pease, pp. 35-36. "In April, 1837, he was admitted to the bar at the town of Washington, but soon afterward accepted the office of Comptroller of Public Accounts. He resigned this position in the ensuing December and retired to Brazoria, where he resumed practice of law . . ." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biographical sketch, description of election to Senate District 11 and election contest, pp. 196-198. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.

Other Resources

  • Photo and service as Governor, pp. 33, 45. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Governor of Texas 1853-1857 and 1867-1869. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • 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.
  • John B. Jones, Galveston lawyer nominated by Democratic party for state Senate in 1849, p. 196. Election contest with Elisha Pease, pp. 196-198. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Texas Governors - Early Statehood: Elisha M. Pease. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Committee Information top

3rd R.S. - 1849
Apportionment, Special  
Archives of Martin De Leon's Colony  
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Joint Rules, Select (Chair) 
Judicial Districts, Select  
Privileges and Elections  
Quieting Land Titles of the State, Governor's Message  
Quieting Land Titles West of the Nueces River, Governor's Message (Co-Chair) 
Senate Rules, Select (Chair) 
2nd R.S. - 1847
Apportionment of Representation, Select  
Enrolled Bills  
Judiciary (Chair) 
Laws of the State of Coahuila and Texas and of Spain, Select  
1st R.S. - 1846
General Land Office, Select  
Public Lands (Chair) 
Repairs to Public Buildings in Austin, Select (Chair) 

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