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Reading Wood Black

Full Name: Reading Wood Black
Date of birth: September 23, 1830
Date of death: October 3, 1867

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 72 Aug 6, 1866 - Nov 13, 1866 11th (1) (2)     Uvalde / Uvalde   Bexar, Dawson, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Uvalde

(1) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) "In June 1866 he was the Unionist nominee for Congress from the Seventy-first District. He easily defeated Samuel A. Maverick and S. C. Thompson, then returned to Uvalde in July 1866 in anticipation of the opening of the legislature in August." Handbook of Texas Online.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • R.W. Black, birth date 9/23/1830, death date 10/3/1867, burial in Uvalde Cemetery, Uvalde County. Includes biographical sketch, Reading Wood Black historical marker photo. Find a Grave.
  • Included in list of Unionists who fled Texas to avoid "a requirement that public officials take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy . . ." Baggett, James Alex, "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," The Journal of Southern History, Vol.40(3), August 1974, p. 448. Journal of Southern History.
  • Account of Reading Wood Black's death at the hand of his friend and brother-in-law, "A Tragedy in South Texas: Reading Black - Unionist, George Washington Wall - Confederate," by Linda Kirkpatrick. Texas Escapes Online Magazine.


  • Photograph. R.W. Black, 11th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

11th R.S. - 1866
Congressional Districts, Select  
General Land Office, Select  
Indian Affairs  
Internal Improvement  
Judicial Districts, Select  

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