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Andrew J. Ball Andrew J. Ball
Full Name: Andrew J. Ball
Date of birth: August 17, 1833
Date of death: February 26, 1923

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 23 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker   Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Haskell, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton, Young
S 23 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker   Bosque, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1, listed as "Senator elect." "There being a quorum present, by consent of the Senate, the following Senators elect qualified, taking their seats as members of the 13th Legislature." Senate Journal.
(6) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 380-382. Ball was born in 8/17/1833 in Mason County, Kentucky, and was a member of the democratic state convention in 1871. Historical Sketch of Parker County and Weatherford, Texas, 1877.
  • Biographical sketch, Andrew J. Ball, p. 146, born in Mason County, Kentucky in 1832 or 1833. Conservative Democrat, "elected to serve in the 13th and 14th Legislatures." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Andrew J. Ball, birth date Aug. 1832 in Mason County, Kentucky, death date 2/26/1923 in Burnet. Census of 1860 and 1880, Parker County; U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958; Fauntleroy BALL / "Matthews, MATHIS" family tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Obituary, "A.J. Ball pioneer of Texas dies in Dallas County," Farmers Branch, 2/27/1923, p. 1. Captain A.J. Ball, age 90, died Monday, 2/26/1923, at home of brother R.S. Ball. Captain of a Texas regiment during the Civil War. Denton Record-Chronicle.
  • A.J. Ball, Weatherford, Parker County, born in Kentucky, lawyer, age 39 (born ca. 1834). Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • Possibly Capt. A.J. Ball listed in "Civil War Soldiers buried in Parker County," no birth or death dates. TXGenWeb Project.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Andrew J. Ball, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Andrew J. Ball, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Andrew J. Ball, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Asylums  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary  
    Land Office  
    Penitentiary (Chair) 
    Printing  
    Public Lands  
    Removal of Judge L.M. Cooper, 3rd Judicial District  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Comptroller of Public Accounts and State Treasurer, Examine  
    Contingent Expenses, Select  
    Finance  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Land Office (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    Superintendent of Public Schools  
     

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