Nicholas Henry Darnell

Nicholas Henry Darnell

Full Name: Nicholas Henry Darnell
Date of birth: April 20, 1807
Date of death: July 10, 1885

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 53 Apr 19, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2)   Democrat Fort Worth / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 44 Nov 4, 1861 - Jan 14, 1862 9th (3) (4)     Dallas / Dallas Speaker 12/7/1861 - 1/14/1862.   Dallas
H 8 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th     Unknown / Dallas   Dallas

(1) 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.
(2) Sworn 4/19/1876, p. 8. "Pending the drawing of seats, N.H. Darnell, of Tarrant county, presented his credentials, and was sworn in." House Journal.
(3) Darnell succeeded Constantine W. Buckley as speaker on 12/7/1861; Darnell left for the war end of Regular Session; Buckley was again speaker in 1st Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) McCoy, sworn 2/3/1863, succeeded Nicholas H. Darnell. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 1st Legislature - Counting of late Fannin County returns results in Darnell's defeat in race for Lieutenant Governor. Darnell declines to take office, February 23, 1847, p.29, 244-246. House Journal.
  • 1st Legislature - Darnell declared duly and constitutionally elected Lieutenant Governor, February 17, 1846, pp. 9-10. House Journal.
  • Portrait, 9th Legislature, Regular Session. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, 18th Texas Cavalry. "He was speaker of the House in the Ninth Legislature but resigned in 1862 to enter the Confederate Army as colonel of the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry. The flag of the regiment, made at his home, was placed in the Capitol at Austin." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Nicholas Henry Darnell, birth date 4/20/1807, death date 7/10/1885. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 26, 117-118, Plate No. 47. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.

Other Resources


  • Photograph. N.H. Darnell, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Gen. N.H. Darnell, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Photograph. Nicholas Henry Darnell, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. N.H. Darnell, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Federal Relations  
Internal Improvements  
Private Land Claims  
Public Health, Vital Statistics, and History of Texas  
Public Lands and Land Office  
State Asylums  
9th R.S. - 1861
Internal Improvement  
8th R.S. - 1859
Federal Relations (Chair) 
Indian Difficulties on Frontier  
Military Affairs  
State Affairs  

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