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Temple Houston Temple Lea Houston
Full Name: Temple Lea Houston
Date of birth: August 12, 1860
Date of death: August 15, 1905

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 19 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (1) (2)   19th (3) (4)   20th (1) (2)   Democrat Mobeetie / Wheeler Senate President Pro Tempore (20th)   Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Montague, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Stonewall, Swisher, Terry, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Yoakum, Young, Greer

(1) 20th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President and President Pro Tem 3/16/1887, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) 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).
(3) Democrat, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885, 1885.
(4) 19th Legislature - Roll call of new members, oath of office administered, 1/13/1885, p. 1. Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Biographical Sketches
  • HOUSTON, TEMPLE LEA (1860-1905). Son of Governor Sam and Margaret Lea Houston, first child born in the Governor's Mansion at Austin. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 334-336. Elected to Texas Senate at age 24. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Temple Lea Houston, birth date 8/12/1860, death date 8/15/1905, portrait, burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in GRASS-LEASE FIGHT. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Mentioned in Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Temple Houston, 20th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Temple Houston, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 19th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 20th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
    Constitutional Amendments Address  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Drouth (Drought) Relief  
    Fraudulent Renditions of Property for Taxation (Chair) 
    Frontier Protection (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Memorial Services for Hon. E.F. Hall and Hon. George Pfeuffer  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Frontier Protection (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Lands  
    Stock and Stockraising  

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