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Reading Wood Black

R.W. Black
Full Name: Reading Wood Black
Birth date: September 23, 1830
Death date: October 3, 1867

Terms of Service

  • House, 11th (1) (2) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 11/13/1866
(1) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(2) "In June 1866 he was the Unionist nominee for Congress from the Seventy-first District. He easily defeated Samuel A. Maverick and S. C. Thompson, then returned to Uvalde in July 1866 in anticipation of the opening of the legislature in August." Handbook of Texas Online .

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • R.W. Black, birth date 9/23/1830, death date 10/3/1867, burial in Uvalde Cemetery, Uvalde County. Includes biographical sketch, Reading Wood Black historical marker photo. Find a Grave .
  • BLACK, READING WOOD (1830-1867). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Included in list of Unionists who fled Texas to avoid "a requirement that public officials take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy . . ." Baggett, James Alex, "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," The Journal of Southern History, Vol.40(3), August 1974, p. 448. Journal of Southern History .
  • Account of Reading Wood Black's death at the hand of his friend and brother-in-law, "A Tragedy in South Texas: Reading Black - Unionist, George Washington Wall - Confederate," by Linda Kirkpatrick. Texas Escapes Online Magazine .
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