Benjamin Rush Plumly

Full Name: Benjamin Rush Plumly
Other surnames: Plumley
Date of birth: May 15, 1816
Date of death: December 9, 1887

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 64 Jan 11, 1887 - Dec 9, 1887 20th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 36 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (5) (6)   Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
H 12 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (7) (8)   Radical Republican Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda

(1) "In politics, Major Plumley was a Republican," discussion of Republican party in speeches by colleagues. 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, pp. 162-169. House Journal.
(2) Guy M. Bryan, sworn 5/2/1888, succeeded Benjamin R. Plumley, died 12/9/1887. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Mr. Plumly is a "life-long Republican," p. 167. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
(4) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) Republican, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Republican. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(7) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Qualified and took the oath of office on 2/8/1870. House Journal.
(8) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, House Journal, pp. 162-169. Resolutions - Memorial.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army (Union Army), Civil War. Memorial resolution: "At the breaking out of the war between the states, in 1861, he with his two sons and son-in-law, entered the Union army and was assigned to duty on General Fremont's staff in Missouri. In 1863 he was made special agent of the United States treasury at New Orleans, and in 1864 and 1865 was chairman of the city board of education, which positions he held by appointment of President Lincoln." 20th Legislature, 1st C.S., Memorial session and resolution, 5/4/1888, House Journal, pp. 162-169. Resolutions - Memorial.

Other Resources

  • B. Rush Plumly, age 72, burial in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Galveston, Galveston County. Find a Grave.
  • Correspondence from Benjamin Rush Plumly to President Abraham Lincoln concerning the education of freedmen, 3/23/1865. "The Abraham Lincoln Papers," Library of Congress.
  • Excerpts from Plumley's "Report of the Board of Education for Freedmen," submitted on February 28, 1865. Library of Congress.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

20th R.S. - 1887
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
Educational Affairs  
Public Building and Grounds  
Public Health and Vital Statistics  
Towns and City Corporations  
17th R.S. - 1881
Commerce and Manufactures  
Federal Relations  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
12th Adjourned - 1871
Comptroller and Treasurer's Offices, Select  
Fire Protection of State Buildings  
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Public Debt  
12th R.S. - 1871
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Public Buildings and Grounds  
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
12th Provisional - 1870

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