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Stephen Powers Stephen Powers
Full Name: Stephen Powers
Date of birth: June 1, 1814
Date of death: February 5, 1882

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 29 Jan 11, 1881 - Feb 5, 1882 17th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Brownsville / Cameron   Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Medina, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata, Zavala, Encinal
H 30 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Brownsville / Cameron   Atascosa, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, El Paso, Frio, Hidalgo, Karnes, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Medina, Nueces, Presidio, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata, Zavala, Encinal
(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Charles A. McLane, sworn 4/6/1882, succeeded Stephen Powers, died after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 17th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Memorial resolutions for the Hon. Stephen Powers, Senator from the 29th District; the Hon. J.M. Martin, Senator from the 11th District; and the Hon. John T. Buchanan, Senator from the 16th District, 4/22/1882. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • POWERS, STEPHEN (1814-1882). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Account of efforts of Valley landowners to create an independent territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers, pp. 115-117. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Biographical information with account of Powers' arrival in Brownsville, p. 100. "Stephen Powers controlled the [Valley] Blue party until his death in 1882, when the leadership passed to his law partner, James Babbage Wells, who in turn directed the party until his death in 1923," p. 353. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Descripton of Nestor Maxan's law practice with Stephen Powers, p. 124. "Stephen Powers and Nestor Maxan partnered to create one of the most influential law firms on the frontier. Powers was the first attorney in Cameron County . . . ," p. 304. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Stephen Powers., 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Stephen Powers, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Stephen Powers, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Stephen Powers, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Frontier Protection  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Public Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Communication from the Governor (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Public Lands and Land Office (Chair) 
    Redistricting  
    State Indebtedness to the International and Texas Pacific Railroad Companies  
    Superintendent of Public Schools  
     

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