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Wells Thompson Wells Thompson
Full Name: Wells Thompson
Date of birth: December 12, 1837
Date of death: January 17, 1914

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 27 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Columbus / Colorado Senate President Pro Tempore (15th)   Colorado, Gonzales, Lavaca
(1) Thompson, elected president pro tempore 4/19/1876, presided as President of the Senate when Hubbard retired from those duties 8/9/1876. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 15th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/19/1876, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(3) 15th Legislature - 4/18/1876, p. 1. All Senators listed in roll call as "Senators elect [who] answered to their names, presented their credentials, and took the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution"; in drawing of Senatorial terms 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "short term" (two years). Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, Report, Jan. 31, 1873, Investigation into contested election between Wells Thompson and R.P. Tendick for senator, 25th senatorial district. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Wells Thompson, pp. 166-167. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. "In 1869 he was elected lieutenant governor, but the military intefered with the election, and in consequence he was counted out. In 1871 he was elected to the State senate, but with no better success, begin again counted out by the Republicans. In 1876 he was again elected to the State senate, took his seat in that body without hindrance and was chosen its president." Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas, 1880.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 825. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch in "State Senators elect: personal sketches completed - seventeen lawyers, seven grangers, two doctors, one editor and four colored politicians - the political structure of the new Senate of Texas," 3/3/1876, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • THOMPSON, WELLS (1837-1914). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biography, pp. 44-47. Democrat, Candidate for lieutenant governorship and "it is believed was elected, though counted out by Gen. Reynolds...". Ran "in 1870 for an unexpired term in the State Senate. He was counted out by a Radical combination, and in 1873 he made a contest before the Senate..." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Wells Thompson, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Educational Affairs  
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Revision of Senate Rules of Order and Joint Committee on Rules of Joint Session (Chair) 
    State Asylums  
    State Penitentiaries (Chair) 

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