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Henry Barbosa Gonzalez

Henry B. Gonzalez
Full Name: Henry Barbosa Gonzalez
Birth date: May 3, 1916
Death date: November 28, 2000

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 57th (1) Legislature
    1/10/1961 - 11/5/1961
    Democrat
  • Senate, 56th & 55th Legislatures
    1/8/1957 - 1/10/1961
    Democrat
(1) In Senate, Franklin S. Spears, in special election 12/16/1961, sworn 12/22/1961, succeeded Henry B. Gonzalez, elected Congressman, 25th District, 11/4/1961, resigned Senate seat 11/5/1961. Spears' first session in the Senate was 57th 3rd Called Session. In House, Rudy Esquivel, in special election 12/16/1961, took office 12/22/1961, succeeded Franklin S. Spears, resigned 12/14/1961. Esquivel's first session was 57th 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Photographs

Other Resources

  • First Mexican-American elected to the Texas Senate; first Mexican-American elected to Congress from Texas. .
  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance 2001.
  • "UT to house Gonzalez collection," 10/25/2006. "Gonzales was the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate, the first Mexican American to run . . . for governor, in 1958, and the first Mexican American elected from Texas to the U.S. House." Austin American-Statesman .
  • GONZALEZ, Henry Barbosa (1916-2000). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present .
  • Mentioned in TEJANO POLITICS. Listed among the Tejanos who served in the Texas House and Senate. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS article. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • James E. Garcia. "Maverick Congressman Memorialized as 'A Voice for the Downtrodden,'" December 1, 2000, pp. 1-4. La Prensa San Diego .
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington 2004.
  • Biographical sketch included in Tejano Struggle for Representation 2004.
  • Molly Ivins. "So Long to Henry B.," December 8, 2000, p. 4. Texas Observer .
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