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W.R. Friend William R. Friend
Full Name: William Robert Friend
Date of birth: April 27, 1832
Date of death: October 26, 1889

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 24 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Clinton / DeWitt   Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria

(1) Clinton, DeWitt County. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(2) 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.
(3) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) "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
  • FRIEND, WILLIAM R. (1832-1889). Settled at Clinton, DeWitt County in 1857; moved from Clinton to Cuero 1877. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Brief biographical sketch in The Descendants of Captain Thomas Friend, 1700-1760, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, 1961. William Robert Friend, born 4/27/1832, died 10/26/1889, State Senator, lived in Cuero, Texas. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 189-190. Born 4/27/1832, died 1899. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in Dewitt County. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.R. Friend, 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
    Blind Asylum  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Internal Improvements  
    Mexican Border Troubles  
    Removal of Judge J.J. Thornton, 24th Judicial District  
    Removal of Judge S.B. Newcomb, 25th Judicial District  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 

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