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Nathan George Shelley

Nathan Shelley
Full Name: Nathan George Shelley
Birth date: February 20, 1825
Death date: January 5, 1898

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 13th (1) (4) (10) Legislature
    1/14/1873 - 1/13/1874
    Democrat
  • Senate, 11th (6) (8) (9) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
     
  • Senate, 9th (2) (3) (5) (7) Legislature
    11/4/1861 - 4/1/1862
     
(1) 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.
(2) Nathan G. Shelley, in special election 3/25/1861, sworn in 9th Legislature, succeeded to the unexpired term of Eggleston D. Townes, resigned 3/13/1861. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) A.W. Moore, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded Nathan G. Shelley, resigned 4/1/1862. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) 13th Legislature - 1/14/1873, p. 1, listed as "Senator elect." "There being a quorum present, by consent of the Senate, the following Senators elect qualified, taking their seats as members of the 13th Legislature." Senate Journal .
(5) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/4/1861, p. 1. Listed in roll of Senators who "presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." 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) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/12/1861, p. 42. Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the long term" (four years). Senate Journal .
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal .
  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age in 1866. Senate Journal .

Photographs

  • Photograph. Nathan Shelley, Texas Jurists Collection
  • Photograph. Nathan Shelley, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Nathan Shelley, 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. Nathan Shelley, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, pp. 440-443. Bench and Bar of Texas 1885.
  • Company E, 1st Alabama Infantry, Mexican War. Confederate Army of Tennessee. Texas State Troops, Brigadier General. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • SHELLEY, NATHAN GEORGE (1825-1898). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in "Through the Years - San Saba Representatives in Legislative History," 4/1/1948, p. 9. San Saba News .
  • Texas State Troops, Brigadier General, District 26. Nathan George Shelley. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 58-59, 155, Plate No. 64. Texas in the War, 1861-1865 1965.
  • Portrait. Texas Jurists, 1836 - 1936 1936.
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