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J.S. Ford John Salmon Ford
Full Name: John Salmon "Rip" Ford
Date of birth: May 26, 1815
Date of death: November 3, 1897

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 29 Apr 18, 1876 - Aug 30, 1879 15th (3) (4)   16th (1) (2)   Democrat Brownsville / Cameron   Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Medina, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata, Zavala, Encinal
S 21 Jan 20, 1852 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (5) (6) (7)     Austin / Travis   Gillespie, Hays, Travis

(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Ford resigned 8/30/1879. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) "Election news: additional news from all parts of the interior, Southwestern counties," 2/19/1876, p. 1. Dateline Brownsville, Feb. 18. "Three-fourths of the vote on the State ticket is Democratic. . .Colonel John S. Ford is elected Senator from the Twenty-ninth District, A. Salinas Representative from the Seventy-Sixth District. . .Ford and Salinas ran as Independents against the Laredo nominees." Galveston Daily News.
(4) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "long term" (four years). Senate Journal. April 14, 1876 April 27, 1876
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) John S. Ford, sworn 1/20/1852, succeeded Edward Burleson, died 12/26/1851. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - Mr. Kinney moved that John S. Ford be sworn and take his seat as Senator elect of the 21st Senatorial district, lost, 1/17/1852, p. 338; presentation of papers related to election of John S. Ford as Senator of the 21st Senatorial district; Mr. Kinney's motion that Ford be allowed to take oath prescribed by the constitution, carried, and Ford took the oath on 1/19/1852, pp. 345-346. Senate Journal. January 17, 1852 January 19, 1852
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 84-85. In 1844-45, he represented San Augustine in the House of the Ninth Congress. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Biographical sketch, Colonel John S. Ford, pp. 299-303. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Biography in LRL collection, 328.764 F753M 2011. Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas, 2011.
  • Biographical sketch in "State Senators Elect: Personal Sketches Completed - Seventeen Lawyers, Seven Grangers, Two Doctors, One Editor and Four Colored Politicians - the Political Structure of the New Senate of Texas," 3/3/1876, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • FORD, JOHN SALMON [RIP] (1815-1897). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biograpical sketch, Volume II, History of the Texas Deaf and Dumb Asylum, pp. 14-15. Histories of American Schools for the Deaf, 1817-1893, 1893.
  • Description of Radical Republican takeover of Brownsville during reconstruction: Israel Bigelow and, eventually, Jerry Galvan ousted; Ferdinand Schlickum sent to first Republican Convention; Rip Ford wounded in fight with the sheriff, pp. 305-309. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Portrait, p. 139. Biographical information, p. 353. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Lone Star Junction, 1995.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 49-55. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 248-249. "Elected to [Texas] Congress in 1844. . .elected to the Senate under the new Constitution, February 15, 1876, as a Democrat, by a large majority." Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Texas State Troops. Military grave marker, John S. Ford. John Salmon "Rip" Ford, birth date 5/26/1815, death date 11/3/1897, biographical sketch, portrait, burial in Confederate Cemetery, San Antonio. Find a Grave.
  • Texas Army, First Lieutenant under John Coffee (Jack) Hays. Adjutant, Hays' Regiment, Mexican War. Confederate States Army, Colonel, 2nd Texas Cavalry. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. [1]-17. Ten More Texans in Gray, 1980.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 109-110. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • John Salmon Ford. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 23, 58-59, 111-112, Plate No. 44. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Mentioned in Vaqueros in Blue and Gray, 2000.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo and discussion of involvement in Know-Nothing faction in 1850's, mayor of Austin in 1854, pp. 28, 34-35, 55. Democrat - "In Travis County John S. 'Rip' Ford, chairman of the state Democratic committee, was a member of the Know-Nothing faction and editor of the Austin Texas State Times. He ran editorials opposing Governor Pease's plan for plan for state-funded railroad construction and insisted that the Know-Nothings embodied Democratic party principles more fully than the main body of Democrats." Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Mentioned in MCALLEN RANCH. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J.S. Ford, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.S. Ford, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Educational Affairs  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Executive Mansion  
    Federal Relations  
    Funeral and Remains of the Late Honorable Gustave Schleicher  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Public Printing  
    Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Printing  
    Statistics of Industry, Public Health and History of Texas  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  

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