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Richard Campbell Saunders

Full Name: Richard Campbell Saunders
Birth date: April 11, 1815
Death date: July 25, 1889

Terms of Service

  • House, 16th (1) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 1/11/1881
    Democrat
(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Account of the election of 1878, Texas House of Representatives, candidates: R.C. Saunders, Ibzan William Middlebrook, and Jahu Worner [John Warner] Johnson. "Early on, Johnson tried to distance himself from his Republican roots, claiming he had been urged to run . . . as an 'independent and non-partisan candidate.'" Jahu W. Johnson forfeited his seat when he moved out of the district; Johnson and his son Gail Borden Johnson had decided to move to Houston by November 1879. Alex F. Kinnison, a Republican and "black county county commissioner and school teacher," elected in a special election 2/17/1880; however, "the legislature never convened while he held the office." Part 9: 1878-1883. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas .
  • Census of 1880 - R.C. Sanders, Lavaca County, age 65, born circa 1815 in Mississippi, farmer, widowed. FamilySearch . 1880
  • R.C. Saunders, birth date 4/11/1815, death date 7/25/1889, burial in Bennett Cemetery, Lavaca County. Find a Grave .
  • Obituary, Col. R.C. Saunders, Hallettsville Herald, 8/1/1889, p. 8, crediting Friench Simpson Memorial Library. Born 4/11/1815 in Franklin County, Mississippi; married Ellen Maria Lewis 1840 at Oxford, Mississippi; died Thursday, 7/25/1889 near Sweet Home [Lavaca County]. "He was at one time a member of two terms of the Mississippi Legislature, and has also represented Texas in the same capacity from this county." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, Richard Campbell Saunders, p. 268. Born in Mississippi, served 3 sessions in the Mississippi Legislature. Moved to Texas in 1869. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.

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