W. Holly

Washington Holley

Full Name: Washington "Wash" Holley
Other surnames: Halley, Holly
Date of birth: January 2, 1823
Date of death: February 16, 1908

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 5 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Pennington / Houston   Houston

(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Fifth District - The County of Houston shall elect one representative." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) "State News: Houston County," 1/30/1876, p. 2. Selected as candidate of Democratic party for Representative, Houston County. Galveston Daily News.
(3) COLTHARP, TX. Coltharp is in eastern Houston County. Handbook of Texas Online.
(4) PENNINGTON, TX. Pennington is in northwestern Trinity County on the Trinity-Houston county line and was Trinity county seat from May 1874 to October 1882. Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Wash Halley, Houston County. House Journal.
(6) Washington Holly, Pennington, Houston County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Washington Holly, Houston County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Private, Company C, 15th Texas Cavalry. Military grave marker, Washington Holley. Washington "Wash" Holley, birth date 1/2/1823, death date 2/16/1908 on all grave markers, burial in Pennington Cemetery, Pennington, Trinity County, with spouse Martha H. Holley. Find a Grave.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - Wash Holley, Colthorp post office, Justice Precinct 3, Houston County, age 47, born circa 1823 in Alabama, farmer.
    Census of 1900 - Wash Holley, Pennington, Justice Precinct 3, Trinity County, age 77, born January or June 1823 in Alabama, spouse Marth H. FamilySearch. 1870 1900
  • W. Holly, "Ready to make laws . . . Eighty members present (House)" (organization of the 15th Legislature), 4/19/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned, p. 38, in history of Pennington, Trinity County and founding of Pennington College - "Hon. Washington Holly, representative in the legislature at that time and a citizen of Pennington . . ." Bowles, Flora Gatlin, A History of Trinity County Texas, 1827 to 1928, 1966. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. W. Holly, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Contingent Expenses  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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