Political Record:  [From Goodspeed 1889]

Texas County recorded her first vote for President in 1848, when 82 votes were given to Zachary Taylor, Whig, and 185 to Louis Cass, Democrat; in 1852 Scott received 95 and Pierce 167; in 1856 the Know-Nothings polled 91 votes for Fillmore and 479 for Buchanan, while in 1860 the Douglas Democrats gave 61 votes to their leader, the Breckinridge Democrats 511, the Bell Unionists 194 and the Lincoln Republicans 6.  In 1864 Lincoln received 37 votes and McClellan 10.  Four years after Grant was given 202 and Seymour 99.  In 1872 Horace Greeley received 838 and Grant 481 votes; in 1876 Tilden received 1,144, Hayes 563 and Cooper 1.  The elections of 1880 show 1,250 votes for Hancock, 477 for Garfield and 285 for Weaver, and of 1884, 1,652 for Cleveland and 970 for Blaine.  The elections of 1888 show 1,782 votes for John A. Hockaday, representing Cleveland in this district; 1,161 for Ellis G. Evans, representing Harrison; 12 for S. R. Reese, representing the Prohibition candidate, and 335 for Isaac Frazier, the elector on the Union Labor ticket.
 

Elections - The election returns for 1856 to 1888, inclusive, are given as follows:

Elections, 1856 - Congress, John S. Phelps, 537; B. H. Emerson, 5; P. B. Larimore, 2; Senator, Isaac N. Hedgepath, 524; A. W. Holoman, 9; James Linsey, 12; representative, Joseph Riden, 267; John C. Wood, 285; Elijah Lynch, 1; sheriff, A. Jadwin, 207; H. H. Jones, 182; J. G. Hawkins, 80; Samuel Crews, 61; D. B. Commons, 36; M. Phillips, 9; assessor, A. J. Adkins, 479; James K. Hargis, 30; Jesse B. Ragland, 27; coroner, Thomas S. Brewster, 79; William Cobble, 20; George Elmore, 25; treasurer, John B. Vance, 260; circuit attorney, Julian Frazier, 280; W. Riley, 165; James Buchanan, candidate for President, received 479, and Millard Fillmore, 91.

Elections, 1857 - Judge, Fourteenth Circuit, P. H. Edwards, 386; D. M. Leet, 60.

Elections, 1858 - Congress, John S. Phelps, 573; John M. Richardson, 124; senator, John Hyer, 622; John E. Davis, 3; representative, John C. Wood, 151; Samuel C. Hardin, 347; James A. Spillman, 241; county court justice, Lameck Thorp, 581; John T. Fourt, 453; John B. Wood, 408; Peter Sanders, 286; David McKenny, 58; William Cobble, 70; Eli G. Halbert, 110; William Denny, 72; sheriff, A. Jadwin, 511; William Gott, 222; coroner, W. M. Lee, 48; treasurer, John B. Vance, 464.

Elections, 1859 - Circuit judge, J. H. McBride, 435; J. R. Woodside, 246; E. T. Wingo, 92; circuit attorney, E. Y. Mitchell, 542; S. G. Williams, 167; William Smith, 14; circuit clerk, C. H. Frost, 638; A. J. Phillips, 13; county clerk, John C. Wood, 437; B. S. Ferguson, 187; A. M. Wade, 90; surveyor, Jonathan Yates, 640; representative, John B. Vance, 397; Spencer Mitchell, 262.

Elections, 1860 - Congress, J. S. Phelps, 317; J. S. Rains, 337; W. C. Price, 184; representative, J. B. Vance, 341; S. A. Taylor, 218; J. A. Spillman, 190; A. Jadwin, 121; county judge, Hiram King, 370; David McKenny, 182; W. F. Trail, 160; A. Harlow, 149; sheriff, James H. Davis, 301; J. W. Ormsby, 235; John H. Farley, 190; J. P. Graham, 176; assessor, A. J. Adkins, 552; A. Allen, 232; B. B. Turpin, 71; Ira Martin, 21; treasurer, Jerry White, 376; C. A. Vance, 231; A. McKenny, 141; attorney, Ai. E. Asbury, 659; J. S. Wyatt, 73; J. Larkey 5; W. H. H. Thomas, 4; President, J . C. Breckinridge, 511; John Bell, 194; Stephen A. Douglas, 61; Abraham Lincoln, 6.

In 1860 Texas gave 392 votes for Hancock Jackson, 132 for S. Orr, and 259 for Claib F. Jackson.

Election (Special), 1861 - Delegates to convention, V. B. Hill, 557; Samuel H. Headlee, 491; E. B. Headlee, 337; J. J. Taylor, 154; W. S. Pomeroy, 117; P. R. P. Todd, 117; John Holt, 70; William James, 15; J. Mitchell, 5.

There are no returns of elections for district representatives or county officers from 1862 to 1873, but in other pages the returns for presidential and gubernatorial candidates are given.

Elections, 1874 - Congress, A. J. Seay (R), 380; R. P. Bland (D), 793; senator, N. G. Clark (R), 262; E. A. Seay (D), 855; circuit judge, Elijah Perry (R), 412; V. B. Hill (D), 758; representative, J. W. Craven (R), 443; C. H. Latimer (D), 678; C. H. Frost (I), 28; sheriff, J. W. Kyle (I) 370; T. N. Bradford (R), 798; circuit clerk,
F. O. Margedant (R), 477; J. W. Nichols (D), 665; county clerk, G. A. Leavitt (R), 398; R. H. Manly (D), 761; attorney, William Kelly (I), 558; W. C. Speck (D), 558; Frank M. Geiger elected, which election was contested and Speck given the position by the supreme court; collector, John Kay (R), 380; T. N. Bradford (D), 766, probate judge, L. Thorp (I), 511; J. E. Barnes (D), 625; assessor, W. J. Bates (I), 329; Thomas Pipkins (D), 829; treasurer, Peter Lane (I), 348; L. G. Gentry (D), 816; administrator, R. T. Ford (D), acclamation; county judge, D. McKenny (I), 413; Thomas Kirkman (D), 740; constitutional amendment, 45 contra, 1,116 for; constitutional convention, 382 contra, 596 for.

Elections, 1878 - Congress, R. P. Bland (D), 1,071; Ware, 541; representative, J. W. Price (D), 846; G. Orr, (GB), 680; J. E. Barnes (I), 54; probate judge, L. Thorp (GB) 713; county judge, E. H. Wheeler (D), 902; E. Westerman (I), 261; justice Eastern District, J. P. Thornton (D), 437; P. Purnell (GB), 598; probate judge, A. Jadwin (D), 942; collector, E. W. Wilson (D), 670; J. D. Young (GB), 721; John Kay, (Ind) 113; sheriff, R. T. Foard, (D), 971; R. Y. Trail (GB), 591; assessor, I. W. Fox (GB), 579; James Farley, (D) 1,008; circuit clerk, J. W. Nichol (I), 405; E. J. Tweed (GB), 452; T. F. Nicholas (D), 761; treasurer J. R. Blankenship (GB), 800; H. Harmon (D), 766; attorney, F. M. Geiger (D), 991; county clerk, J. T. Lynch (I), 169; R. H. Manly (D) 1,249; administrator, T. C. Garrison (D), 951; justice Western District, J. Hagenbush (D), 576, A. H. Cardwell (GB), 302.

Elections, 1880 - President, Gen Hancock (D), 1,247; James A. Garfield (R), 476; Peter Cooper (GB), 285; Congress, R. P. Bland (D), 1,265; R. B. Palmer (GB), 552; senator, J. F. McMahan (D), 1,246; Josiah Ivey, 479; circuit judge, C. C. Bland (D), 1,065; Elijah Perry, 750; representative, J. W. Mires, 1,029; W. J. Frost, 549; W. Nall, 368; sheriff, R. C. McBride, 1,076; G. C. Grace, 550; B. McFarland, 363; collector, J. D. Young, 646; W. J. Bates, 1,059; J. Bradford, 292; judge Eastern District, L. Thorpe, 257; J. P. Thornton, 480; E. L. Hobson, 147; judge Western District, Samuel Cart, 615; J. H. Roper, 273; P. R. Worsham, 184; treasurer, J. R. Blankenship, 545; C. M. Beaumont, 1,105; assessor, A. Bradford, 1,098; W. G. J. Crow, 519; H. Norman, 290; surveyor, J. C. Hicks, 528; J. M. Brown, 1,080; J. Jackson, 365; administrator, T. A. Ansley, 527; A. Henslee, 1,085; A. J. Berlin, 358.

Elections, 1882 - There is nothing on record to give the notes and names of candidates.  The officers for the year were the judges named at close of this subject; R. H. Manly, clerk; R. C. McBride, sheriff; L. G. Nichols, prosecutor; C. M. Beamont, treasurer; T. F. Nicholas, James A. Farley, assessors; T. N. Bradford, representative, and Samuel H. Snelson, collector.

In 1875 Dr. J. W. Mires was chosen representative, vice C. H. Latimer, deceased.

Elections, 1884 - Representative, John R. Farris (D), 1,634; Joseph Bradford (R), 1,015; sheriff, R. T. Foard (D), 1,473; John Geers (R), 1,119; collector, I. N. Vance (D), 1,714; John Kay (R), 929; prosecuting attorney, V. M. Hines (D), 1,771; county judge, Eastern District, T. Kirkman (D), 649; S. L. Mitchell (R), 415; county judge, Western District, J. Gobble (D), 943; J. Bauch (R), 631; treasurer, D. P. Killian (D), 1,610; S. D. Lyles (R), 1,018; coroner, J. H. Johnson (D), 1,637; Joseph Volmer (R), 907; assessor, S. G. Cannaday (D), 1,639; J. J. Bradbury (R), 1,005; surveyor, J. K. Davis (D), 1,722; public administrator, J. B. Murphy (D), 1,640; judicial amendment (first), yes, 252; no, 1,398; second amendment, yes, 319; No, 1,434; jail, yes, 891; No, 1,124.

Elections, 1886 - Congress, Eleventh District, R. P. Bland (D) 1,537; L. F. Parker (R), 940; circuit judge, C. C. Bland (D), 1,449; senator, F. M. Mansfield (D), 1,541; James A. Bradshaw (R), 934; representative, J. R. Simmons (D), 1,569; circuit clerk, T. F. Nichols (D), 1,619; county clerk, S. M. Hubbard (D), 1,296; J. D. Young (R), 1,165; sheriff, R. C. McBride (D), 1,316; John Geers (R), 1,127; collector, W. C. Jadwin (D), 1,528; W. C. Baxter (R), 925; attorney, V. M. Hines (D), 1,606; presiding judge, P. D. Mitchell (D), 1,591; probate judge, L. C. Simmons (D), 1,835; judge Western District, R. B. Meadors (D), 940; judge Eastern District, J. P. Thornton (D), 516; treasurer, D. P. Killian (D), 1,473; D. C. McPherson (R), 975; assessor, J. A. Farley (D), 1,435; A. B. Blankenship (R), 987.

Elections, 1888 - Congress, R. P. Bland (D), 1,819; Thomas H. Musick (R), 1,159; representative, Beauregard Ross (D), 1,571; Thomas D. Lupton (Wheel), 1,677; sheriff, A. J. Snelson (D), 1,670; Jonathan Jones (W), 1,590; A. R. Brackett (UL), 19; collector, A. S. Forester (D), 1,655; J. G. Marsee (W), 1,615; assessor, Clark Dooley (D), 1,635; J. N. Haggard (W), 1,625; attorney, V. M. Hines (D), 1,613; John D. Young (W), 1,658; treasurer, J. A. Bradford (D), 1,676; John T. Lynch (W), 1,556; surveyor, James K. Davis (D) 1,669; George S. Killum (W) 1,598; coroner, N. W. Smith (D), 1,635; E. Allen (W) 1,608; administrator, John O'Hearn (D) 1,615; F. O. Myres (W), 1,639; judge Eastern District, J. P. Thornton (D), 651; Peter Mason (W), 714; judge Western District, J. N. Angel (D), 975; David Fansler (W), 920.

Local Option Election - The election to settle the question of selling or not selling intoxicating drinks was voted upon December 20, 1887, with the following result: Boone, 37 for, 5 contra; Burdine, 125 for, 73 contra; Clinton, 28 for, 32 contra; Texas, 58 for, 72 contra; Current, 32 for, 1 contra; Cass, 72 for, 27 contra; Jackson, 75 for, 17 contra; Lynch, 83 for, 2 contra; Morris, 66 for, 16 contra; Ozark, 29 for, 15 contra; Piney, 258 for, 73 contra; Pierce, 41 for; Roubidoux, 92 for, 24 contra; Sherrill, 101 for, 186 contra; Upton, 9 for, 13 contra.  The total vote for the sale of intoxicants was 1,193 and against, 556, showing a clear majority of 637.

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