W.H. Burges

William Henry Burges

Full Name: William Henry Burges, Sr.
Other surnames: Burgess
Date of birth: January 8, 1838
Date of death: June 24, 1898

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 25 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2) (3)   20th (4) (5)   21st (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Seguin / Guadalupe Senate President Pro Tempore (21st)   Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Llano
S 31 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (6) (7) (8) (9)   Democrat Seguin / Guadalupe   Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Hays, Llano, McCulloch, San Saba

(1) 21st Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/6/1889, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(3) W.H. Burgess, Senate District 25. List of Senators of the 21st Legislature, "The State Senate: Members-Elect in the Different Districts - Austin Local Notes," Galveston Daily News, 11/20/1888, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "There are two independents in the list. The rest are democratic nominees." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) 20th Legislature - Roll call of new members, oath of office administered, 1/11/1887, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(6) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(7) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(8) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(9) 17th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of newly elected Senators, oath of office administered, 1/11/1881, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Senate President Pro Tempore in the absence of Lieutenant Governor George C. Pendleton, 1/13/1891-1/20/1891, 22nd R.S., pp. 1-52. Senate resolution by Tyler, thanks "tendered to the Hon. W.H. Burges, president pro tem. of the Senate, for the courtesy and fairness with which he has presided over the Senate. . .," 1/20/1891, p. 51. Senate Journal.
  • W.H. Burgess, 31st District in 17th Legislature; W.H. Burges, 25th District in 20th Legislature and Index of 21st Legislature. Senate Journal. 17th 20th 21st

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company D, 4th Texas Infantry, commanded by Colonel (afterwards General) John B. Hood. Includes list of battles, p. 447. The Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881.

Other Resources

  • Describes the Burges-Jefferson Family papers, including correspondence of William Henry Burges, Sr. and a first-hand account of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Confederate Military Manuscripts: Series C: Holdings of the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, 2003.
  • Mentioned in "Early History of Guadalupe County," p. 430. Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas, 1900.
  • W.H. Burges, birth date 1/8/1838, death date 6/24/1898, "A Member of 4 Texas Infantry Hood's Brigade," burial in Riverside Cemetery, Seguin, Guadalupe County. Includes portrait. Find a Grave.
  • "Representative Convention at Seguin," 8/27/1884, p. 3. "Hon. J.N. Stagner, of Caldwell, was elected chairman, and Sterling Fisher, of Hays, secretary." Nomination of J.M. Jolly [sic: Jolley], of Caldwell, and Dr. J.H. Coombs [sic: Combs], of Hays. Account of speech by Hon. W.H. Burges, "to explain why the Democratic majority was reduced in the last election . . . " Sterling Fisher assumed Democrat - all other members present were Democrats. Galveston Daily News.
  • Opening of 22nd Legislature, R.S. - Burges served as Senate President Pro Tempore and called the Senate to order. ". . . no bills will pass the senate until the lieutenant governor is inaugurated, as there is some doubt as to the legal status of the body presided over by the constitutionally elected president pro tem, but one whose successor is a member of the senate, has been qualified and occupies a seat in the body." "Milner, Of Course . . . Bill Burgess Was There" and "Lieut. Governor Pendleton's Committees," 1/14/1891, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned in "Through the Years - San Saba Representatives in Legislative History," 4/1/1948, p. 9. San Saba News.


  • Photograph. W.H. Burges, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.H. Burges, 20th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.H. Burges, 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Constitutional Amendments  
Judiciary No. 1  
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Lands (Chair) 
Roads and Bridges  
State Asylums  
20th R.S. - 1887
Constitutional Amendments  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Memorial Services for Hon. E.F. Hall and Hon. George Pfeuffer  
New Capitol Construction, Examine  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt (Chair) 
Public Lands  
17th R.S. - 1881
Congressional Districts (Chair) 
Congressional Districts, Apportionment (Co-Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Educational Affairs  
Frontier Protection  
General Land Office  
Institute for the Blind  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on  
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
State Affairs  

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