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Robert Hightower Richard Levesly Hightower
Full Name: Richard Levesly Hightower
Date of birth: May 24, 1836
Date of death: April 5, 1890

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Elysian Fields / Harrison   Harrison

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(5) Hightower District 4, Tilson District 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(6) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Hightower district number not listed with roll call, Tilson is District 4, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(7) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/11/1881, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(8) Hightower was a member of the Citizen's party, p. 287. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Robert L. Hightower, pp. 286-287. Born 5/24/1836 in Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee; 3rd marriage to Alice Fortson; died 4/5/1890. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Richard Levesly Hightower and Alice Fortson, parents of Della H. Hawley, death date 2/3/1971. Richard Lee Hightower and Alice Fortson, parents of Francis Marion Hightower, death date 4/16/1960. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976. Della H. Hawley Francis Marion Hightower
  • Richard L. Hightower, birth date 5/24/1836, death date 4/5/1890, burial in Hightower Cemetery, Harrison County. Includes death notice in Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 4/6/1890. Find a Grave.
  • Robert L. Hightower. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Richard Levesly Hightower. Photo, obituary, and family group sheet. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • R.L. Hightower mentioned as a Citizens Party candidate, election of 1880, p. 361. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert Hightower, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Congressional Districts  
    Congressional Districts, Apportionment  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    General Land Office (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    State Affairs  
     

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