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Stephen William Perkins
Full Name: Stephen William Perkins
Date of birth: November 24, 1808
Date of death: December 27, 1876

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (1) (2) (3)     Bailey's Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria, Matagorda
H Brazoria Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (4) (5)     Bailey's Prairie / Brazoria Speaker 5/11/1846 - 12/13/1847.   Brazoria

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 2nd Legislature - Roll of Districts, oath of office, 12/13/1847, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(4) Branch resigned as speaker 3/16, and Crump was again elected, resigning 5/1 to be succeeded the same day by Bourland, who resigned 5/11 and was succeeded by Perkins. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Crump, elected speaker 2/16/1846, on 3/3 was granted leave of absence until 3/15, and Brown was elected speaker pro tempore. Brown resigned 3/9, the House adopted a resolution declaring the office vacant since 3/3, and Branch was elected speaker. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 152. Born 1809. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • PERKINS, STEPHEN WILLIAM (1808-1876). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 6th Speaker of the House of Representatives: Stephen W. Perkins. Biographical sketch. Born 1809. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch. Historical marker, Perkins Family Cemetery, Brazoria County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).
  • Other Resources
  • Stephen William Perkins, birth date 11/24/1808 in Jessamine County, KY, death date 12/27/1876 in Jonesboro, Coryell County, burial in Perkins Family Cemetery, Brazoria County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned, pp. 185, 187. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Committee Informationtop
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Mail Routes (Post Routes), Select  

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