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Alexis T. Rainey Alexis Theodore Rainey
Full Name: Alexis Theodore Rainey
Date of birth: June 5, 1822
Date of death: May 17, 1891

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 9 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th   Democrat Elkhart / Anderson   Anderson
H 9 Jan 8, 1884 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson   Anderson
H 24 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (4)   Democrat Palestine / Anderson   Anderson
S 12 Nov 7, 1859 - Feb 13, 1860 8th (5) (6) (7)     Palestine / Anderson   Anderson, Houston
H 20 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (8)     Palestine / Anderson   Anderson
(1) "The State Legislature: Proceedings of the Extra Session, House," 1/9/1884, p. 1. "Members-elect were qualified: R.D. Allison of Collin County, Sterling Fisher of Hays County, A.T. Rainey of Anderson County, John L. Galt of Wood County. . ." Galveston Daily News.
(2) 18th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Newly elected members presented their credentials and took oath of office, 1/8/1884, p. 1: Sterling Fisher of Hays County, A.T. Rainey of Anderson, John L. Galt of Wood, and R.D. Allison of Collin. House Journal.
(3) Alexis T. Rainey, in special election 8/14/1883, sworn 1/8/1884, succeeded William H. Tucker, died 6/5/1883. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) 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.
(5) Steward Miller, sworn 1/21/1861, succeeded Alexis T. Rainey, resigned after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, oath of office administered, 11/7/1859, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(7) 8th Legislature - One of 15 newcomers to the Senate, 8th Regular Session, p. 302. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(8) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Col. Alexis Theodore "A.T." Rainey, born 1822, death date 5/17/1891, biographical sketch (elected to Texas Senate in 1859), interment in Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart, Anderson County. Find a Grave.
  • RAINEY, ALEXIS T. (1822-1891). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 86-88. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Company H, 1st Texas Infantry. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. First Texas Infantry Regiment. Texas Brigade.
  • Alexis Theodore Rainey, birth date 6/5/1822, death date 5/17/1891. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Colonel, 1st Texas Infantry Regiment, p. 18, portrait, Plate No. 38. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Delegate to the Secession Convention, p. 100. Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897, 1986.
  • Mentioned in WORK, PHILIP ALEXANDER (1832-1911). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • A.T. Rainey of Anderson attended Democratic State Conventions of 1859 and 1860, pp. 80, 81; Secession Convention of 1860 and signed Ordinance of Secession, p. 93; and Democratic State Convention of 1872 (Committee on Presidential Electors), p. 144. Platforms of Political Parties in Texas, 1916.
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. TXGenWeb Project.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Alexis Theodore Rainey, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Photograph. Alexis T. Rainey, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Alexis T. Rainey, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 19th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Funeral of General William Steele  
    Internal Improvement  
    Judicial Districts  
    Privileges and Elections  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Fence Cutting  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Agriculture (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debt  
    State Affairs  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Message of the Governor on Kansas Affairs  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Lands  

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