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George Tyler Wood
Full Name: George Tyler Wood
Date of birth: March 12, 1795
Date of death: September 3, 1858

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 7 Elected but never sworn 1st (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)     Point Blank / Liberty   Jefferson, Liberty

(1) William C. Abbott, in special election 11/1/1847, sworn in 2nd Legislature, succeeded to unexpired term of George T. Wood, granted leave of absence 5/4/1846, resigned before 9/4/1847. Abbott elected but never sworn in 1st Legislature. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "second class" (4-year term). Senate Journal.
(4) 1st Legislature - Granted leave of absence for remainder of session, 5/4/1846, p. 293. Senate Journal.
(5) 1st Legislature - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 2/16/1846, p. 4. Senate Journal.
(6) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, George Thomas Wood, second Governor of Texas, pp. 193-194. After coming to Texas in 1839, settled in Liberty County, near Point Blank, and opened a plantation. Buried in "what is now" Robinson Cemetery, near Point Blank; State of Texas erected a monument at his grave in 1911. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • WOOD, GEORGE TYLER (1795-1858). "He was a member of the Georgia legislature from 1837 to 1838." Notes disagreement and confusion over Wood's middle name, stemming from the 1917 Southwestern Historical Quarterly article; notes the monument erected in 1911 at Wood's grave reads "George Tyler Wood." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, George T. Wood, p. 33. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biographical sketch, George Tyler Wood, p. 169, and portrait, service as Governor, pp. 185-187. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Description of military service in the Creek Indian War battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama, where he met Sam Houston and Edward Burleson. Colonel, 2nd Mounted Volunteers, Mexican War, served in battle of Monterrey. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketches of official and military career. German, S.H., "George Thomas Wood," and Vincent, Louella Styles, "Governor George Thomas Wood," Vol. 20, No. 3, January 1917, pp. 260-282. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Other Resources
  • George Tyler Wood, birth date 3/12/1795 in Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia, death date 9/3/1858, "was a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1841-2, and was Governor of the State of Texas in 1847-9," burial in Robinson Cemetery, Pointblank, San Jacinto County. Find a Grave.
  • WOOD COUNTY named for George T. Wood. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Governor of Texas 1847-1849. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • Committee Informationtop
    1st R.S. - 1846
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    Republic of Texas Fines, Penalities, Forfeitures & Escheats, Consideration of  

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