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R.B. Renfro Robert Byron Rentfro
Full Name: Robert Byron Rentfro
Other surnames: Renfro
Date of birth: June 21, 1852
Date of death: December 24, 1901

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 88 Jan 8, 1889 - Sep 4, 1890 21st (1) (2) (3) (4)   Republican Brownsville / Cameron   Cameron

(1) "Judge Rentfro is an avowed and open Republican." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
(2) Republican. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(3) Rentfro resigned 9/4/1890. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) A. Asberry, Elias Mays, and R.B. Renfro [Rentfro], Republicans. Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "The star indicates republican; those unmarked are democrats. [Note - Quite a number of the members who are marked democrats were elected as independents.]" Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Robert Byron Rentfro, birth date 6/21/1852, death date 12/24/1901, burial in Old City Cemetery, Brownsville, Cameron County. Biographical sketch taken from obituary in Houston Daily Post, 12/27/1901. Find a Grave.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Robert B. Rentfro, p. 375. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Other Resources
  • "R.B. Rentfro Dead," Houston Daily Post, 12/26/1901, p. 5. Death date 12/24/1901. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.
  • "Death of R.B. Rentfro," Corpus Christi Caller, 12/27/1901, p. 5. Corpus Christi Public Library.
  • Biographical information and a description of Red and Blue Party politics in the Rio Grande Valley, pp. 354-355. Rentfro was a Red Party member and a leader in the state Republican Party. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: a History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, 2003.
  • "Resolution of respect adopted by the Bar on the death of the late R.B. Rentfro." Brownsville Daily Herald, 2/13/1902, p. 3. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. R.B. Renfro, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.B. Rentfro, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Beef Combine ("Kansas committee")  
    Commerce and Manufacture  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Senate Bill No. 18, 'An Act to require railroad companies in this State to provide separate coaches for white and colored passengers', Special Committee of Five  
    Town and City Corporations  

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