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John Dancy
Full Name: John (Jon) Winfield Scott Dancy
Date of birth: September 3, 1810
Date of death: February 13, 1866

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 58 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     La Grange / Fayette   Bastrop, Fayette, Travis
S 20 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (6) (7)     La Grange / Fayette   Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette
S 14 Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (8) (9) (10)     La Grange / Fayette   Colorado, Fayette
(1) District No. 58, represented Bastrop, Fayette, and Travis counties. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Census of 1860 - John W. Dancy, Oso post office, Fayette County, age 49, born in Virginia. HeritageQuest Online.
(3) Sergeant-at-arms dispatched after Rep. Dancy, "who made his escape through the window" during a call of the House, 8/25/1856, p. 505. House Journal.
(4) Speaker declared Rep. Dancy out of order for sitting within the bar of the House without a coat. Motion made for Sergeant-at-arms to take Dancy into custody, 8/21/1856, p. 463. House Journal.
(5) Jon W.S. Dancy, home county: Travis. Texas House of Representatives: a Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
(6) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(7) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1851, p. 3. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by Districts, the following gentlemen appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(8) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(9) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(10) 2nd Legislature - 12/13/1847, p. 3. Listed in "Roll of Districts being called - The following Senators presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 2nd Legislature, Name listed, Jon W. Dancy. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, John Winfield Dancy, p. 74. ". . . came to Texas, 12/28/1836. He settled in Fayette County and for many years practiced law at La Grange," died at La Grange, 2/13/1866. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Biographical sketch, Jon Winfield Scott Dancy, p. 188. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Other Resources
  • Name listed, Jon W. Dancy. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Biographical information included in "The Lena Dancy Homespun Dress," Vicki Betts, Professional Librarian Cataloging and Reference.
  • DANCY, JOHN WINFIELD SCOTT (1810-1866). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Committee Informationtop
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Capitol Appropriations, Construction, and Furniture (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments, Select  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Geological Surveys and Bureau of Agriculture, Select  
    Internal Improvements  
    Rules  
    Slaves and Slavery  
    Surveying Public Lands, Select  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Claims and Accounts  
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    State Affairs  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Claims and Accounts  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Debt of the Late Republic of Texas  
    Finance  
    Judiciary  
    Private Land Claims  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
     

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