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Washington Holley

W. Holly
Full Name: Washington "Wash" Holley
Other surnames: Halley, Holly
Birth date: January 2, 1823
Death date: February 16, 1908

Terms of Service

  • House, 15th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) Legislature
    4/18/1876 - 1/14/1879
(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Fifth District - The County of Houston shall elect one representative." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) "State News: Houston County," 1/30/1876, p. 2. Selected as candidate of Democratic party for Representative, Houston County. Galveston Daily News .
(3) PENNINGTON, TX. Pennington is in northwestern Trinity County on the Trinity-Houston county line and was Trinity county seat from May 1874 to October 1882. Handbook of Texas Online .
(4) COLTHARP, TX. Coltharp is in eastern Houston County. Handbook of Texas Online .
(5) Wash Halley, Houston County. House Journal .
(6) Washington Holly, Pennington, Houston County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(7) Washington Holly, Houston County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - Wash Holley, Colthorp post office, Justice Precinct 3, Houston County, age 47, born circa 1823 in Alabama, farmer.
    Census of 1900 - Wash Holley, Pennington, Justice Precinct 3, Trinity County, age 77, born January or June 1823 in Alabama, spouse Marth H. FamilySearch . 1900 1870
  • Confederate States Army, Private, Company C, 15th Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Washington Holley. Washington "Wash" Holley, birth date 1/2/1823, death date 2/16/1908 on all grave markers, burial in Pennington Cemetery, Pennington, Trinity County, with spouse Martha H. Holley. Find a Grave .
  • W. Holly, "Ready to make laws . . . Eighty members present (House)" (organization of the 15th Legislature), 4/19/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
  • Mentioned, p. 38, in history of Pennington, Trinity County and founding of Pennington College - "Hon. Washington Holly, representative in the legislature at that time and a citizen of Pennington . . ." Bowles, Flora Gatlin, A History of Trinity County Texas, 1827 to 1928, 1966. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, Washington Holley, p. 64. "He has reached his 54th year. . .he moved to Texas 18 years ago, and settled in Houston County, where he is engaged in farming." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.

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