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Matthias Ward
Full Name: Matthias Ward
Date of birth: October 13, 1805
Date of death: October 5, 1861

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Nov 13, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     Jefferson / Cass   Bowie, Cass, Titus
(1) 1st Senatorial District comprised of Bowie, Titus, and Cass Counties. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) JEFFERSON, TEXAS (Marion County). "In 1846 Jefferson became the county seat of Cass County, upon that county's separation from Bowie County, and served as such until Linden became county seat in 1852 . . . In 1860 Jefferson became county seat of the newly established Marion County." Handbook of Texas Online.
(3) 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.
(4) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - Not present at the organization of the Senate. 11/13/1849, p. 113, "On motion of Mr. Brashear, Mr. Matthias Ward, Senator from the first Senatorial District, came forward, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and his seat." Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 186. Came to Texas in 1836, settling in Bowie County. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, "Matthias Ward spoke for the Democrats," pp. 14-15. "Moving to Texas in 1836, he settled first in Bowie County, then moved on to Clarksville. He served in the Congress of the Republic, was a state senator from Jefferson . . . As the leading Texas Democrat, upon the death of J. Pinckney Henderson, Ward was appointed to the [U.S.] Senate." The Texas Senator, 1978.
  • Other Resources
  • WARD, Matthias (1805-1861). Senator, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • WARD, MATTHIAS (1805-1861). " . . . moved to the Republic of Texas in 1836. Settling in Bowie County and then at Clarksville, Red River County, in 1845, he engaged in trading. He served in the Seventh and Eighth Congresses of the Republic. After his removal to Jefferson, he served in the Texas Senate, 1849-50 . . ." Handbook of Texas Online.
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    3rd R.S. - 1849
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