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R.L. Parker Robert L. Parker
Full Name: Robert L. Parker
Date of birth: March 10, 1830
Date of death: May 10, 1916

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 8 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (1)   Democrat Center / Shelby   Panola, Shelby

(1) Representative apportionment - Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. "Eighth District - The counties of Panola and Shelby shall elect one representative; Panola to be the returning county." University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 66-67. Native of AL; "He is 46 years old, has resided in Texas 34 years, and during all of this time at Center, in Shelby county." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1860 - R.L. Parker, Truit Store Post Office, Shelby County, age 30, born in AL, farmer, wife S.A., daughter Ella.
    1870 - R.L. Parker, Center, Shelby County, District Clerk, age 40, born in AL, wife Sarah A. (age 32), children Ella, Matt, Nora, Lizzie, [Albert?].
    1900 - R.L. Parker, Center, Shelby County, born March 1830, age 70, born in AL, real estate, wife J.E. (born June 1850), daughter Lucille (born July 1889).
    1910 - Robert L. Parker, Center, Shelby County, age 80, born in AL, wife Martha E. (age 55). HeritageQuest Online.
  • Mentioned in "History of Shelby County Courthouse": "In 1866, county records were held at the site of the future courthouse after being secretly taken from Shelbyville by R.L. Parker and Sam Weaver following a contested election naming Center as the county seat of Shelby County." Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 2010.
  • Interment in Methodist Cemetery, M.E., Center, Shelby County, Texas. R.L. Parker, born 3/10/1830, died 5/10/1916; wife Sallie A. (Mrs. S.A.) Parker, born 4/30/1834, died 5/9/1887; son Matt C. Parker, born 12/5/1861, died 2/1/1871. Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library, 2002.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. R.L. Parker, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Agricultural and Mechanical College, Visit  
    Claims and Accounts  
    County Surveyors, Election and Compensation of  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    State Affairs  

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