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Eggleston Townes Eggleston Townes
Full Name: Eggleston Dick Townes
Date of birth: June 5, 1817
Date of death: August 30, 1864

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 55 Nov 4, 1861 - Nov 2, 1863 9th     Austin / Travis   Travis
S 25 Nov 7, 1859 - Mar 13, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)     Webberville / Travis   Bastrop, Burnet, Travis
(1) "When he [Hamilton] returned to Texas in the spring of 1861 he won a special election to the state Senate." Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) Nathan G. Shelley, in special election 3/25/1861, sworn in 9th Legislature, succeeded to the unexpired term of Eggleston D. Townes, resigned 3/13/1861. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) "On the 25th, an election was to be held for a successor, in the State Senate, to M.E.D. Townes, Senator representing the District of Bastrop, Travis, and Burnet counties." Galveston Weekly News, 4/2/1861, p. 1, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) "Our late Representative in Congress, Hon. A.J. Hamilton, was elected State Senator for the Austin district, last Monday [8/25/1861] . . . Judge Towns [sic], resigned." Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 4/2/1861, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) Listed on the "Democratic Ticket" for Senator in The Campaign Intelligencer, 7/16/1859, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(6) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/7/1859, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, took the oath of office and their seats." Senate Journal.
(7) 8th Legislature - One of 15 newcomers to the Senate, 8th Regular Session, p. 302. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Eggleston Dick Townes, born 1817 and died 1864; mentioned in sketches of son John Charles Townes and father John Leigh Townes. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, 1921, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Mrs. Marie (Bankhead) Owen, Volume 4, pp. 1678-1679. Google Books.
  • Other Resources
  • Birth date 6/5/1817, death date 8/31/1864. Application of grandson John Charles Townes, U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Ancestry.com.
  • Brief biographical information included in sketches of son John Charles Townes (referred to as "Judge Dick Townes") and grandsons Edgar Eggleston Townes and John C. Townes, Jr., Volume III, pp. 1297-1298; and sketch of son John Charles Townes, Volume IV, pp. 1606-1607. "He [Eggleston D. Townes] moved to Texas in 1856, settling in Travis County . . . his death occurred August 30, 1864." A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • "Flournoy and the Minnikin [Judge] Townes . . .", State Gazette, 10/6/1860, p. 1, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Eggleston Townes, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Institutions for the Blind, Deaf, and Dumb and Lunatic Asylum (Co-Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Apportionment  
    Claims and Accounts  
    Education  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary  
    Public Grounds and Public Buildings  
    Public Lands  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    State Affairs  
     

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