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Henry Rawson

Henry Rawson
Full Name: Henry Rawson
Birth date: 1819
Death date: July 22, 1884

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 13th (1) (2) (5) & 12th (3) (4) Legislatures
    2/8/1870 - 1/13/1874
    Radical Republican
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas 1873.
(3) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 6-year term. Senate Journal .
(4) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(5) "Returning radicals [to the 13th Legislature] were Thomas H. Baker, Webster Flanagan, S.W. Ford, Albert J. Fountain, Matthew Gaines, Phidello W. Hall, Henry Rawson, George T. Ruby, William A. Saylor, and Robert P. Tendick," p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources


  • Photograph. Henry Rawson, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. Henry Rawson, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Henry Rawson, a native of England, lived in Marshall before the Civil War, p. 292; one of the Republicans from Harrison County who took office in 1870, re-elected, pp. 306, 308. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880 1983.
  • Census of 1870 - Henry Rawson, Marshall, Harrison County, age 52, born circa 1818 in England, U.S. Senator. FamilySearch . 1870
  • Biographical information, Chapter 4, Harrison County, pp. 121-123, "continued his rise as a Republican by winning the state senate seat from Harrison County . . . " Grass-Roots Reconstruction in Texas, 1865-1880 1997.
  • Death notice, "Marshall," The Galveston Daily News, 7/23/1884, p. 3. "Henry Rawson, who was the first Republican postmaster in this city after the war, and an incumbent for five years, died at his residence here this morning..." Death date 7/22/1884. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 110. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

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