R.B. Renfro

Robert Byron Rentfro

Full Name: Robert Byron Rentfro
Other surnames: Renfro
Date of birth: June 21, 1852
Date of death: December 24, 1901

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 88 Jan 8, 1889 - Sep 4, 1890 21st (1) (2) (3) (4)   Republican Brownsville / Cameron   Cameron

(1) Republican. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Rentfro resigned 9/4/1890. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) "Judge Rentfro is an avowed and open Republican." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
(4) A. Asberry, Elias Mays, and R.B. Renfro [Rentfro], Republicans. Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "The star indicates republican; those unmarked are democrats. [Note - Quite a number of the members who are marked democrats were elected as independents.]" Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Death of R.B. Rentfro," Corpus Christi Caller, 12/27/1901, p. 5. Corpus Christi Public Libraries.
  • Robert Byron Rentfro, birth date 6/21/1852, death date 12/24/1901, burial in Old City Cemetery, Brownsville, Cameron County. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical information and a description of Red and Blue Party politics in the Rio Grande Valley, pp. 354-355. Rentfro was a Red Party member and a leader in the state Republican Party. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • "Resolution of respect adopted by the Bar on the death of the late R.B. Rentfro." Brownsville Daily Herald, 2/13/1902, p. 3. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Death notice, "R.B. Rentfro Dead: Well Known Brownsville Lawyer Passed Away at Corpus Christi," The Houston Daily Post, 12/26/1901, p. 5.
    Obituary, "Colonel R.B. Rentfro: A Sketch of the Brownsville Lawyer, Recently Dead," The Houston Daily Post, 12/27/1901, p. 2. Born 6/21/1852 at Huntsville, died 12/24/1901 in Corpus Christi. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). 1/26/1901 1/27/1901
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1875. Included in Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas: Begun and Held at the City of Austin Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875). Galveston : Printed for the Convention at the "News" Office, 1875, pp. 3-4. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.


  • Photograph. R.B. Renfro, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.B. Rentfro, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Beef Combine ("Kansas committee")  
Commerce and Manufacture  
Judiciary No. 1  
Senate Bill No. 18, 'An Act to require railroad companies in this State to provide separate coaches for white and colored passengers', Special Committee of Five  
Town and City Corporations  

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