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Alvah Chesley Alvah Chesley
Full Name: Alvah Chesley
Date of birth: September 27, 1831
Date of death: July 17, 1907

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2)   Democrat Bellville / Austin   Austin, Burleson, Fort Bend, Waller, Washington
H 38 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (3)   Democrat Bellville / Austin   Austin
(1) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(2) 18th Legislature, 1/10/1883, p. 1, All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office; pp. 5-6, Resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes: Drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal.
(3) Mentioned in "The news from Austin . . . Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate . . . Hunter restored to his seat . . . Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biography, A. Chesley, pp. 104-105. "He is a Democrat, and there being no Democratic nominee in his district, he ran as an independent candidate and was elected to the 15th Legislature by 182 majority." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biography, p. 240. Born 9/27/1831 in NH. Nominated at Democratic Convention for Senate and elected in November 1882. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Other Resources
  • Alvah Chesley, birth date 9/27/1831, death date 7/17/1907, interment in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Bellville, Austin County. Find a Grave.
  • A.A. Chesley listed in Democratic State Conventions of 1884, 1890, and 1892. Platforms of Political Parties in Texas, 1916.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Alvah Chesley, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alvah Chesley, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Department Report Delays  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 

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