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W. Thompson Wells Thompson
Full Name: Wells Thompson
Date of birth: December 12, 1837
Date of death: January 17, 1914

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 27 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Columbus / Colorado Senate President Pro Tempore (15th)   Colorado, Gonzales, Lavaca

(1) Thompson, elected president pro tempore 4/19/1876, presided as President of the Senate when Hubbard retired from those duties 8/9/1876. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 15th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/19/1876, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(3) 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 "short term" (two years). Senate Journal. April 18, 1876 April 27, 1876
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, Report, Jan. 31, 1873, Investigation into contested election between Wells Thompson and R.P. Tendick for senator, 25th senatorial district. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 825. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • 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.
  • THOMPSON, WELLS (1837-1914). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Wells Thompson. "In 1869 he was elected lieutenant governor, but the military interfered with the election, and in consequence he was counted out. In 1871 he was elected to the State senate, but with no better success, begin again counted out by the Republicans. In 1876 he was again elected to the State senate, took his seat in that body without hindrance and was chosen its president." Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas, 1880, New York, pp. 166-167. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 44-47. Democrat, Candidate for lieutenant governorship and "it is believed was elected, though counted out by Gen. Reynolds...". Ran "in 1870 for an unexpired term in the State Senate. He was counted out by a Radical combination, and in 1873 he made a contest before the Senate..." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W. Thompson, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • 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
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Educational Affairs  
    Federal Relations  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Revision of Senate Rules of Order and Joint Committee on Rules of Joint Session (Chair) 
    State Asylums  
    State Penitentiaries (Chair) 

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