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David Portis

Full Name: David Young Portis
Birth date: April 5, 1814
Death date: February 3, 1883

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 3rd (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    11/5/1849 - 11/3/1851
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(3) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1849, p. 3. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following gentlemen presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, p. 155. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 1942.
  • Family group sheet and biographical notes. Birth date 4/5/1814; death date 2/3/1883. "Descendants of John Portis." Genealogy.com 2004.
  • PORTIS, DAVID Y. (ca. 1813-1883). Portis "in 1840 or 1841 moved to Austin County . . . He represented Austin County in the Secession Convention of 1861. Portis seems to have lived the remainder of his life in Austin County and to have died there in February 1883." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Census of 1860 - Possibly D.Y. Portis, Bellville post office, Austin County, age 47, born in NC, attorney law. HeritageQuest Online .
  • Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
  • Mentioned in 3rd Legislature, p. 196. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.
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