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Webster Flanagan Webster Flanagan
Full Name: David Webster "Web" Flanagan
Date of birth: January 9, 1832
Date of death: May 5, 1924

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 5 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)   Radical Republican Henderson / Rusk   Harrison, Rusk
S 5 Feb 10, 1870 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (6) (7) (8)   12th (9) (10) (11) (12)   Radical Republican Henderson / Rusk Senate President Pro Tempore (12th)   Panola, Rusk
(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) Included on roster of members of the 14th Legislature as a Republican. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(3) "Aspect of Affairs at Austin," Wed., 1/14/1874, p. 1, opening day of 14th Leg., R.S.: "The appearance of Senators Flanagan and Randle...These Senators would not have taken the oath and their seats in the 14th Leg. had there been any doubt as to the de facto stability of that body." "News' telegrams, from Austin: organization of both houses...": "After the Senate had been in session some three hours, Webster Flanagan and E.T. Randle came in and were sworn in." Galveston Daily News.
(4) Roster of members elect lists party as Radical, p. [a], 14th Legislature, Part 1. Senate Journal.
(5) "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.
(6) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(7) Included on roster of members of the 13th Legislature as a Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(8) "Returning radicals [to the 13th Legislature] were Thomas H. Baker, Webster Flanagan, S.W. Ford, Albert J. Fountain, Matthew Gaines, Phidello W. Hall, Henry Rawson, George T. Ruby, William A. Saylor, and Robert P. Tendick," p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(9) 12th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 10/30/1871, Adjourned Session, due to the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor and the absence of the President Pro Tem; and elected 11/13/1871, Adjourned Session, due to the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor and the death of President Pro Tem Campbell. Senate Journal.
(10) "[James] Flanagan's successor, Donald Campbell, 'President of the Senate for the time being,' was elected October 27, 1870 [sic], died November 6, 1871 and was succeeded by Webster Flanagan, elected November 13, 1871." Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(11) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(12) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, GeneaSearch, 1999.
  • FLANAGAN, DAVID WEBSTER (1832-1924). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • FLANAGAN, JAMES WINWRIGHT (1805-1887). Relatives: James Winwright Flanagan - father; David Webster Flanagan - son. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch of Donald Campbell, p. 91. "Campbell died in office on November 6, 1871, and was succeeded as president pro tempore on November 13 by none other than Webster Flanagan." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Biographical sketch of James Winwright Flanagan and Webster Flanagan, pp. 97-98, 100. Print edition includes portrait of Webster Flanagan, p. 99. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of his father, James Flanagan. The Texas Senator, 1978.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Webster Flanagan, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Webster Flanagan, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Webster Flanagan, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Other Resources
  • Interment in Flanagan Cemetery, Henderson, TX. Cemeteries of Texas, 2000.
  • Portrait, p. 195. Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897, 1986.
  • "Webster Flanagan was elected president of the senate during the twelfth legislature. Some contended that he was the president of the thirteenth legislature. . .To promote harmony, Senator Flanagan resigned," Volume I, Chapter XXXV, Radical Rule and Overthrow, pp. 570-571. A History of Texas and Texans, 1916.
  • Harrison County "continued to support a Republican delegation to the state legislature" in 1873: Webster Flanagan to the State Senate, Shack Roberts ("black leader from Harrison County") and Ed Brown ("Negro from Rusk County, as a representative of the two county district") to the House, p. 310. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • 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.
  • Webster Flanagan often served as president pro tempore during Don Campbell's illness. On Campbell's death, he was elected president pro tem for the remainder of the Twelfth Legislature, serving ex officio in the office to which his father had been elected. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Counties and County Boundaries (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary  
    Printing  
    Public Buildings  
    Public Lands  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Contingent Expenses  
    Finance  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Militia  
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Stock and Stock Raising (Chair) 
    Superintendent of Education  
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Stock and Stock Raising (Chair) 
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Public School Lands  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Stock and Stock Raising (Chair) 
     

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