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Benjamin Franklin Williams

Benjamin Williams
Full Name: Benjamin Franklin Williams
Birth date: 1819
Death date: 1886

Terms of Service

  • House, 19th (1) (3) (5) (6) (9) (10) (12) Legislature
    1/13/1885 - 1/11/1887
    Republican
  • House, 16th (2) (4) (8) (13) (14) (15) (17) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 1/11/1881
    Republican
  • House, 12th (7) (11) (16) Legislature
    2/9/1870 - 1/14/1873
     
(1) Errata, postoffice Richmond. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives .
(2) Included in roster of members of the 16th Legislature as a Republican, p. 1, 1/14/1879. Galveston Daily News .
(3) Richmond is the county seat of Fort Bend County. In December 1837, when Fort Bend County was formed, Richmond became its seat of government. Handbook of Texas Online .
(4) The town of East Bernard was originally located on the east side of the San Bernard River, in Fort Bend county. By 1869, most of the town was located on the west side of the river, in Wharton county. Handbook of Texas Online .
(5) Hempstead is county seat of Waller County; Hempstead became Waller county seat in May 1873. Handbook of Texas Online .
(6) Waller County. House Journal .
(7) Williams qualified and took the oath of office on 2/9/1870, p. 7. House Journal .
(8) Home post office, East Bernard; home county, Fort Bend. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(9) Home address, Hempstead; home county, Fort Bend. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(10) Postoffice Richmond. Rules of Order of the House of Representatives of the Nineteenth Legislature 1885.
(11) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(12) Home county, Fort Bend. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.
(13) Home county, Fort Bend. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.
(14) Roster lists party as Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
(15) Home post office, East Bernard; home county Wharton. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
(16) Listed as member of Radical Republican Association, established 6/4/1870, p. 26. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 2016.
(17) Regular Republicans carried Fort Bend County and B.F. Williams was elected, p. 129. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 2016.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary .
  • 20th Legislature, R.S., House receives the "sad intelligence" of the deaths of Hon. A.M. Taylor of Red River county and Hon. B.F. Williams of Fort Bend county; House resolution adopted 1/20/1887, p. 97. Resolutions - Memorial .

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Biographical information, nominated for Speaker of the House in 12th Legislature, p. 56 and footnote 31, p. 77. Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times 1981.
  • One of nine African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869 (the Reconstruction Convention), p. 731. D.W. Burley and Sheppard Mullens not included in list of African-American delegates. East Texas: Its History and Its Makers 1940.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Williams. Born Brunswick County, Virginia, ca. 1819 or 1825; died Kendleton, Texas, date unknown. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas 2002.
  • "In its statistics of the House of Representatives, the State Journal says . . . The tallest member is Hon. B.F. Williams, of Colorado, who measures six feet two inches. The shortest is Hon. Wm. Schlotman, of Washington, five feet, three inches. The heavy man is Hon. J.W. Lane, Democrat, of Dallas, who carries 240 pounds without seeming to mind it." 5/29/1870, p. 2. Galveston Daily News .
  • WILLIAMS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1819-?). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Constitutional Convention 1868-1869 and resignation, Radical conventions 1868, pp. 20, 26, 29. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement 1935.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 262. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
  • Mentioned in Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics." The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900 1971.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, pp. xviii, 3. Williams was minister of Wesley Methodist Chapel in Austin, "which forbade blacks from attending if they were not Republicans." Included in list of eleven African-American delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869, Appendix A. Birth year 1825, death year 1886, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 2016.
  • Mentioned, pp. 147-156. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction 1981.
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