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William R. Shannon William R. Shannon
Full Name: William Russell Shannon
Date of birth: January 15, 1825
Date of death: June 17, 1910

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 20 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (1)   18th (2) (3)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker Senate President Pro Tempore (19th)   Jack, Parker, Tarrant, Wise
S 23 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4)   16th (5)   Democrat Weatherford / Parker   Clay, Jack, Montague, Parker, Tarrant, Wise, Young
S 20 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (6) (7) (8)     Buchanan / Johnson   Erath, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant
H 42 May 4, 1864 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (9)     Cleburne / Johnson   Ellis, Johnson, Parker
H 44 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th     Buchanan / Johnson   Ellis, Tarrant
H 44 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (10)     Buchanan / Johnson   Ellis, Tarrant
(1) 19th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 1/13/1885, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) Party affiliation listed as Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, 1/10/1883, p. 1, All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office; pp. 5-6, Resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes: Drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal.
(4) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a democrat, p. 1, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(5) 16th Legislature - 1/14/1879, p. 1. Listed as one of the "newly elected senators, approached the president's desk and took the oath of office prescribed by the constitution." Senate Journal.
(6) 11th Legislature - 8/6/1866 (First Day), pp. 2, 4, all 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials. "Upon calling the roll of Districts, the following Senators responded and presented their credentials." Senate Journal.
(7) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(8) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(9) William R. Shannon, in special election 5/4/1864, succeeded John H. Prince, died 4/18/1864. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(10) Party affiliation, Democrat. Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age in 1866. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • SHANNON, WILLIAM R. (1825-1910). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Historical Sketch of Parker County and Weatherford Texas. Born in Kentucky in 1825. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Biographical sketch, William Russell Shannon, pp. 246-247. Born in 1828. Roster lists age as 50. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, William Russell Shannon, p. 243. Born in 1828. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Biographical sketches, William Russell Shannon. Relatives: George Ross Shannon and William R. Shannon - brothers, p. 112. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999. 11th Legislature, p. 61
  • 16th Legislature, p. 255 Brothers Shannon, p. 112
    Photographs
  • Photograph. William R. Shannon, 8th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. William R. Shannon, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Photograph. William R. Shannon, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Photograph. William Shannon, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William R. Shannon, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William R. Shannon, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 19th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 11th session composite photo of Senate members (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History). By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Other Resources
  • William Russell Shannon grave marker photo, birth date 1/15/1825, death date 6/17/1910. Ancestry.com.
  • Committee Informationtop
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Capitol Contract (Co-Chair) 
    Education  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Frontier Protection  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Laying the Cornerstone of the New Capitol (Co-Chair) 
    Military Affairs  
    Public Lands  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    Stock and Stockraising  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Comptroller's Books and Records on Common School Bonds  
    Constitutional Amendments Address  
    Federal Relations  
    Frontier Protection  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Lunatic Asylum  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Lands  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    Stock and Stockraising  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Agricultural and Mechanical College and State Normal Schools, Visit  
    Congressional Districts  
    Congressional Districts, Apportionment  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Educational Affairs  
    Frontier Protection  
    General Land Office  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Indebtedness  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Agricultural and Mechanical College, Consider Report of the Joint Committee Appointed to Visit  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Federal Relations  
    General Land Office  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    New Judiciary Article to the Constitution  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Finance  
    General Land Office, Select (Co-Chair) 
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Militia  
    Southern States, Draft Resolutions Expressive of Sympathy to  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Court of Claims  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Indian Affairs  
    Indian Difficulties on Frontier  
    Joint Indian Affairs  
    Judicial Districts  
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Judicial Districts  
    Land Office  
    Land or Money Claims Recommended by Court of Claims  
    Petition of Citizens on the Frontier, Relative to Indian Depredations  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Lands  
    San Saba County, Memorials Regarding Indian Depredations  
     

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