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Jeremiah Galvan Jeremiah Galvan
Full Name: Jeremiah "Jerry" Galvan
Other surnames: Galvin
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 30 Jan 14, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2)   Republican Brownsville / Cameron   Bexar, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, El Paso, Frio, Hidalgo, Kinney, La Salle, McMullen, Maverick, Medina, Nueces, Pecos, Presidio, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata, Zavala, Encinal
(1) Republican. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(2) List of members elect from the thirtieth district include: Louis Cardis, P.F. Murphy, and Santos Benavides, Typscript, p. b; Cardis and Murphy sworn 1/13/1874; Jeremiah Galvan of Cameron sworn 1/14/1874, Typescript, p. 7. House Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Description of Radical Republican takeover of Brownsville during reconstruction: Israel Bigelow and, eventually, Jerry Galvan ousted; Ferdinand Schlickum sent to first Republican Convention; Rip Ford wounded in fight with the sheriff, pp. 305-309. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Portrait and biographical information. Galvan emigrated in 1846 from Cork, Ireland; he later settled in Brownsville. "He was an enterprising man, making himself useful to military leaders and building political equity for himself," pp. 122-123. Account of testimony before the Robb Commission, pp. 321-323. The commission investigated bandit problems on the border during 1872 and 1873. Jeremiah Galvan "describes himself as someone who knew Mexico and the Mexican people well, having spent five years in Mexico as a clerk, or imprisoned, until he moved to Brownsville. He took it upon himself to relate his own Irish-Anglo-Texan point of view," p. 321. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Other Resources
  • Jeremiah Galvan, Brownsville, Cameron County, merchant, age 50, born in Ireland ca. 1824. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
  • Mentioned in TEJANO POLITICS. Listed among the Tejanos who served in the Texas House and Senate. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in Vaqueros in Blue and Gray, 2000.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Jeremiah Galvan, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Claims and Accounts  
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Finance  
    Public Debt  
    Removal of Judge S.B. Newcomb, 25th Judicial District  
    State Affairs  
    Town and City Corporations  
    Treasurer's Office  
     

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