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Benjamin Tankersly
Full Name: Benjamin F. Tankersly
Other surnames: Tankersley
Date of birth: 1815
Date of death: November 15, 1859

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Jan 20, 1858 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (1) (2)     Houston / Harris   Harris
H 33 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Houston / Harris   Harris
H Harris Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd     Houston / Harris   Harris
H Harris Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (3)     Houston / Harris   Harris

(1) "In Harris County ex Gov. H.G. Runnels, A.P. Thompson and B.F. Tankersly are candidates for the Senate . . . All are Democratic, we believe, save Mr. Tankersly." 6/23/1857, p. 2. Civilian and Gazette (Galveston, Texas).
(2) Benjamin F. Tankersly, sworn 1/20/1858, succeeded Hiram G. Runnels, who did not appear and died on 12/17/1857. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 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).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Estimated birth year based on age at beginning of 7th Legislature, Member List, pp. 679-685. Senate Journal.
  • Memorial resolution, 8th Legislature, 11/15/1859, p. 55. Benjamin Tankersley, Senator from Harris County, died since the adjournment of the last Legislature. Senate Journal.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned as early Houston lawyer, p. 80. Young, Samuel Oliver. A Thumb-Nail History of the City of Houston, Texas, From Its Founding in 1836 to the Year 1912, 1912. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Committee Informationtop
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Comptroller of Public Accounts and Treasurer of the State (Co-Chair) 
    New Mexico Territory East of the Rio Grande  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Finance (Chair) 

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