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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
  • 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 biographical sketch, grave marker photo, and 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). September 15, 1884 - Galveston September 15, 1884 - SA September 16, 1884
  • 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
  • Confederate States Army, Major, "aide-de-camp to General Sibley, the famous Confederate commander . . . member of the Albert Sydney Johnson Camp of Confederate veterans." Obituary, The San Antonio Light, 9/15/1884, p. 1. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Jos. E. Dwyer, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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