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Philip M. Cuny
Full Name: Philip Minor Cuny, Sr.
Other surnames: Cuney
Date of birth: March 15, 1807
Date of death: January 8, 1866

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 13 Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (1) (2) (3)     Unknown / Austin   Austin, Fort Bend
S 13 Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (4) (5) (6) (7)     Unknown / Austin   Austin, Fort Bend
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Philip M. Cuney, Austin and Fort Bend. 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).
(3) 2nd Legislature - 12/13/1847, p. 3. Listed in "Roll of Districts being called - The following Senators presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
(4) 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).
(5) 1st Legislature - 2/16/1846, p. 4. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following members appeared and took their seats...on motion of Mr. Grimes, the Senators came forward and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution." Senate Journal.
(6) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "first class" (2-year term). Senate Journal.
(7) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Phillip M. Cuney, p. 73. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • CUNEY, PHILIP MINOR (1808-1866). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas Militia, Brigadier General. "On July 13, 1846, Cuney was elected brigadier general of the First Brigade of the Fourth Division of the Texas Militia." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Gen. Philip Minor Cuny, birth date 3/15/1907, death date 1/8/1866, interment in Hempstead Cemetery, Hempstead, Waller County. Name on headstone Philip M. Cuny. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned pp. 147-154. From Slave to Statesman, 1993.
  • Census of 1880 lists Phil M. Cuny - farmer; age 52; born in Louisiana; son Phililp, age 17. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Sunnyside Plantation Wiki - lists of associated free and enslaved persons, Sankofa's African Slave Geneaology: Sankofagen Wiki, 2008.
  • "Philip Cuney: Politician and Slaveholder," Birth date 3/15/1807, p. 4. Sunnyside, the Cuney plantation, was located ten miles southeast of present-day Hempstead, p. 6. Southern Family in White and Black: the Cuneys of Texas, 2003.
  • Biographical information included in historical roster. Relatives: Philip Minor Cuny, Jr. - son; Philip Minor Cuny [Cuney], Sr. - father. Virginia Military Institute Archives.
  • Committee Informationtop
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Claims and Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Debt of the Late Republic of Texas  
    Internal Improvements  
    Public Lands  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Claims and Accounts  
    Joint Rules  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Military Affairs  
    Rules, Select  

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