Jos. E. Dwyer

Joseph Edward Dwyer

Full Name: Joseph Edward Dwyer
Date of birth: March 1, 1841
Date of death: September 14, 1884

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 29 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Wilson

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, p. 189. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Major Joseph E. Dwyer, father-in-law of George J.F. Schmitt, Volume I, pp. 183, 392-393. Dwyer was chairman of the Democratic county executive committee for 20 years, served under General Sibley in the Confederate service, married Annette Magoffin, and died 9/14/1884 in San Antonio. A Twentieth Century History of Southwest Texas Illustrated, 1907.

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Hon. Joseph E. Dwyer, birth date 3/1/1841, death date 9/14/1884, burial in San Fernando Cemetery #1, San Antonio, Bexar County. Includes obituary reprinted from The Galveston Daily News. Find a Grave.
  • Obituaries and funeral, "Death of Major Dwyer: A Distinguished Citizen of Texas Passes Away at San Antonio," The Galveston Daily News, 9/15/1884, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium.
    Joseph Edward Dwyer, "Distinguished Dead: Major J.E. Dwyer Consigned to Mother Earth . . . ," The San Antonio Light, 9/15/1884, p. 1.
    "Major Dwyer's Obsequies: The Last Tribute of Respect Paid to the Eminent Citizen," The Galveston Daily News, 9/16/1884, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). 9/15/1884 - Galveston 9/15/1884 - SA 9/16/1884


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Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Contingent Expenses  
Enrolled Bills  
Federal Relations  
Immigration (Chair) 
Indian Affairs and Frontier Protection  
Internal Improvements  
Lunatic Asylum  
Mexican Border Troubles  
Removal of Judge Henry Maney, 22nd Judicial District  
Removal of Judge S.B. Newcomb, 25th Judicial District  

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