T.M. Joseph

Thomas Miller Joseph

Full Name: Thomas Miller Joseph
Date of birth: February 11, 1823
Date of death: March 10, 1905

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Mar 19, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
H 12 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
H 35 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (7)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Thomas M. Joseph, sworn 3/19/1874, succeeded Benjamin C. Franklin, member-elect, died 12/25/1873. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) "Our Legislative Ticket . . .", Tuesday supplement, 11/12/1872, p. 1. "We feel confident now that the Hon. Thomas M. Joseph, the Hon. Alexander Rossy, and the Hon. John Adriance are elected to the Legislature by at least two hundred majority."
"Legislators Elected," 11/14/1872, p. 2. "Those marked with a star are Radicals, the others Liberals: Twelfth District - Thomas M. Joseph, Alexander Rossy, and John Adriance (no stars)." Galveston Daily News.
(5) "The Election for Representatives," Wednesday evening, 11/13/1872, p. 3. Shows election results for representative from Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties, "as appears from the official returns": T.J. Joseph, 2,822 votes; Alex Rossy, 2,814 votes, J Adriance, 2,818. Galveston Tri-Weekly Civilian.
(6) Representative apportionment - Constitution of 1869, Article III, ยง 39. Representative District 12: 1 Senator, 3 Representatives. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(7) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

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Photographs

  • Photograph. T.M. Joseph, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. T.M. Joseph, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. T.M. Joseph, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Sanitary Legislation  
13th R.S. - 1873
Apportionment  
Bayland's Orphan Home on Galveston Bay, Select (Chair) 
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Impeachment Managers, Judge William Chambers, 1st Judicial District  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Redistricting  
State Asylums  
Superintendent of Public Schools  
Towns and City Corporations  
7th R.S. - 1857
Education  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary  
Penitentiary  

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