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Santos Benavides

Sant. Benavides
Full Name: Santos Benavides
Birth date: November 1, 1823
Death date: November 9, 1891

Terms of Service

  • House, 18th (5) Legislature
    1/9/1883 - 1/13/1885
  • House, 17th (1) (3) (4) (6) Legislature
    1/11/1881 - 1/9/1883
  • House, 16th (2) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 1/11/1881
(1) Election returns list Benavides as an Independent, p. 1, 11/4/1880. Galveston Daily News .
(2) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(3) "In the legislative convention T.W. Keneday, of Starr county, was nominated for representative. Col. Santos Benavides will probably run independent," 10/7/1880, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(4) Independent Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News .
(5) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas 1883.
(6) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas 1881.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries


Other Resources

  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Santos Benavides, birth date 11/1/1823, death date 11/9/1891, portrait, biographical sketch, historical marker, burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb County Find a Grave .
  • 10th Legislature, 1st Called Session, Special Laws, Joint Resolution of thanks to Col. Santos Benavides and the officers and men under his command, approved 5/24/1864. General and Special Laws of the State of Texas .
  • BENAVIDES, SANTOS (1823-1891). Birth date 11/1/1823. Relatives: Basilio Benavides - uncle; Santos Benavides - nephew. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in TEJANO POLITICS. Listed among the Tejanos who served in the Texas House and Senate. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • BOTAS AND GUARACHES. In 1884, Santos Benavides was instrumental in the formation of the Guarache or citizen's party of South Texas, a faction of the democratic party opposed to the Botas. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, 33rd Texas Cavalry (or Benavides' Regiment). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Part II, Historical Survey, "Secession and Civil War." Shared Experience: the History, Architecture and Historic Designations of the Lower Rio Grande Heritage Corridor 1994.
  • "The highest-ranking Mexican Texan in the Confederate Army," p. xxiv. Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de La Garza and Manuel Yturri 2011.
  • Santos Benavides, birth date 11/1/1823, death date 11/9/1891. "In 1864 the Texas legislature formally thanked Benavides for his defense of Laredo and the border. Highest ranking Hispanic Confederate." Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Text of Santos Benavides historical marker, Saunders Street Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb County, Texas. Birth date 11/1/1823. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 28-29, 121, Plate No. 51. Birth date 11/1/1821, death date 11/9/1891. Texas in the War, 1861-1865 1965.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 272. Born in Laredo, 11/1/1827. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 267. Born in Laredo, 11/1/1827. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83 1883.
  • Detailed account of Confederate States Army service throughout, including portrait. Captain, Benavides' Company, Texas Mounted Rifles; Major, 33rd Texas Cavalry; Colonel, Benavides' Regiment. Appendix A: Confederates, p. 180. Vaqueros in Blue and Gray 2000.
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