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Washington Holley
Full Name: Washington "Wash" Holley
Other surnames: Halley, Holly
Date of birth: January 2, 1823
Date of death: February 18, 1908

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 5 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)   Democrat Pennington / Houston   Houston
(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Fifth District - The County of Houston shall elect one representative." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) "State News: Houston County," 1/30/1876, p. 2. Selected as candidate of Democratic party for Representative, Houston County. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Listed as W. Holly in "Ready to make laws. . .Eighty members present (House)" (organization of the 15th Legislature), 4/19/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(4) Coltharp is in eastern Houston County. Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Pennington is in northwestern Trinity County on the Trinity-Houston county line and was Trinity county seat from May 1874 to October 1882. Handbook of Texas Online.
(6) Wash Halley, Houston County. House Journal.
(7) Washington Holly, home address, Pennington, home county, Houston. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(8) Washington Holly, home county, Houston. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biography, Washington Holley, p. 64. "He has reached his 54th year. . .he moved to Texas 18 years ago, and settled in Houston County, where he is engaged in farming." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Other Resources
  • Possibly Washington (Wash) Holley, born 1/2/1823, died 2/18/1908, husband of Martha H. Holley, PVT CO C 13 TEXAS CAV, CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY. Interment in Pennington Cemetery, Pennington, Trinity County. Find a Grave.
  • Census of 1870 - Wash Holley, Colthorp Post Office, Houston County, age 47, born in AL, farmer.
    Census of 1900 - Wash Holley, Trinity County, age 77, born Jan [or June?] 1823 in AL, wife Martha. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Mentioned, p. 38, in history of Pennington, Trinity County and founding of Pennington College - "Hon. Washington Holly, representative in the legislature at that time and a citizen of Pennington. . ." Bowles, Flora Gatlin, A History Of Trinity County Texas, 1827 to 1928, 1966, crediting UNT Libraries. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. , 15th 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.
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