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M.H. Townsend M.H. Townsend
Full Name: Marcus Harvey Townsend
Date of birth: March 26, 1858
Date of death: June 28, 1915

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 11 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 10, 1893 22nd (1) (2) (3)   21st (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Columbus / Colorado   Colorado, Gonzales, Lavaca, Wharton
H 67 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (7)   Democrat Columbus / Colorado   Colorado
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) 22nd Legislature - 1/13/1891, p. 1, M.H. Townsend not listed in roll call; "on motion of Sen. Maetze, Sen. Townsend was excused indefinitely." Served one Senate term: see note, The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889. Senate Journal.
(3) 22nd Legislature - 1/14/1891, p. 5. Seats formerly occupied by Townsend, Kimbrough & Burney were reserved for them, seat formerly occupied by his predecessor was reserved for Carter, those Sens. being absent. Kimbrough indefinitely excused. Senate Journal.
(4) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(5) List of Senators of the 21st Legislature, "The State Senate: Members-Elect in the Different Districts - Austin Local Notes," Galveston Daily News, 11/20/1888, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "There are two independents in the list. The rest are democratic nominees." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(6) 21st Legislature - 1/8/1889, p. 1, listed as new member in roll call : "The credentials of the new members were presented, and the following Senators had the oath of office administered them by the Lieutenant Governor." Senate Journal.
(7) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Marcus H. Townsend - birth date 3/26/1858, death date 6/28/1915; interment at Mission Burial Park South in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX. Includes biographical sketch, obituary and headstone photos. Find a Grave.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 221-222. Born 3/26/1858. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biography, W.H. Townsend, p. 264. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Biography, Marcus Harvey Townsend, p. 387. Born 3/26/1858; died in 1915. "...elected to the Senate's Eleventh District seat in 1888 and served one term during the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Legislatures." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentions Marcus Harvey Thompson, p. 11. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas.
  • Roster lists name as M.H. Townsend. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. M.H. Townsend, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. M.H. Townsend, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 21st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 22nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    22nd R.S. - 1891
    Apportionment and Representation  
    Claims and Accounts  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Insurance and Statistics  
    Judicial Districts (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Military Affairs (Chair) 
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Debt  
    Roads and Bridges  
    State Affairs  
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Claims and Accounts  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Insurance and Statistics  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Buildings and Grounds (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Roads and Bridges  
    St. Louis Republic  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    San Antonio  
     

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