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Texas Governors

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor’s control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state.

Governors’ records in the TDA consist of digitized copies of certain early gubernatorial records, and born-digital records of recent governors.

Governors below are listed in chronological order based upon the period of their last term in office.

Houston, Sam | Lubbock, Francis Richard | Murrah, Pendleton | Pease, Elisha Marshall | Davis, Edmund Jackson | Coke, Richard | Perry, Rick


Houston, Sam (1859-1861)

Portrait of Sam Houston

Creator: Texas. Governor (1859-1861 : Houston)
Title: Governor Sam Houston records
Dates: 1824-1862
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Sam Houston served as governor from December 21, 1859, to March 16, 1861. These records mainly document Governor Houston’s term in office. Types of records are correspondence, petitions from citizens of various counties, memorandums, proclamations, broadsides, resolutions, requisitions, military orders, minutes, a letterpress book, messages to and from the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, clippings, and related records, dating from 1824 to 1862, bulk 1859-1861.

Only the letterpress book of outgoing correspondence has been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Sam Houston records.

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Lubbock, Francis Richard (1861-1863)

Governor Francis Richard LubbockCreator: Texas. Governor (1861-1863 : Lubbock)
Title: Governor Francis Richard Lubbock records
Dates: 1861-1904, undated
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Francis Richard Lubbock served as governor from November 7, 1861, to November 5, 1863. Types of records are correspondence, proclamations, petitions, appointments, resolutions, broadsides, receipts, messages to the legislature, letterpress copybooks, orders, vouchers, and lists, dating from 1861 to 1904, undated, bulk 1861-1863. Materials are mainly Lubbock’s records as governor of Texas but also include a few letters dating from his service as a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate States Army and as state treasurer.

Only the letterpress copybooks have been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Francis Richard Lubbock records.

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Murrah, Pendleton (1863-1865)

Governor Pendleton MurrahCreator: Texas. Governor (1863-1865 : Murrah)
Title: Governor Pendleton Murrah records
Dates: 1863-1865
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Pendleton Murrah served as governor of Texas from November 5, 1863, to June 17, 1865. Records of Pendleton Murrah’s term as governor of Texas from 1863 to 1865 relate predominantly to Texas and Confederate military affairs during the Civil War. Records are correspondence, including letters, petitions, reports, orders, and letterpress books, dating from January 1863 to May 1865.

Only the letterpress books of outgoing correspondence have been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Pendleton Murrah records.

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Pease, Elisha Marshall, 1865-1869

Governor Elisha Marshall PeaseCreator: Texas. Governor (1867-1869 : Pease)
Title: Governor Elisha Marshall Pease records of his third term
Dates: 1865-1869
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Elisha Marshall Pease served his third term as governor of Texas from August 8, 1867, to September 30, 1869. Records of Governor Pease’s third term relate predominately to the progress of Reconstruction in post-Civil War Texas. A large portion of the correspondence consists of letters, telegrams, and reports sent to military officials in Texas, particularly Generals Griffin, Reynolds, and Canby, which were then forwarded to the governor’s office. Types of records are correspondence, including letters, petitions, telegrams, reports, lists, circulars, and letterpress books dating from September 1865 to September 1869 and undated, bulk 1867-1869.

Only the letterpress book of outgoing correspondence has been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Elisha Marshall Pease records.

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Davis, Edmund Jackson, 1870-1874

Governor Edmund Jackson Davis, while serving as a Brigadier General in the Federal ArmyCreator: Texas. Governor (1870-1874 : Davis)
Title: Governor Edmund Jackson Davis records
Dates: 1869-1874
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Edmund Jackson Davis served as governor from January 8, 1870, to January 15, 1874. These records mainly document Governor Davis’ tenure during Reconstruction. Types of records include correspondence, proclamations, messages to and from the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, telegrams, orders, petitions from citizens of various counties, wrappers, and letterpress books, dating from 1869 to 1874.

Only the letterpress books of outgoing correspondence have been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Edmund Jackson Davis records.

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Coke, Richard, 1873-1877

Portrait of Governor Richard CokeCreator: Texas. Governor (1874-1876 : Coke)
Title: Governor Richard Coke records
Dates: 1873-1877, undated
Abstract: The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Richard Coke served as governor from January 15, 1874, to December 1, 1876. These records mainly document Governor Coke’s tenure during Reconstruction. Types of records include correspondence, proclamations, messages to the Texas Legislature, printed material, letterpress books, petitions, and reports, dating from 1873 to 1877 and undated.

Only the letterpress books of outgoing correspondence have been digitized. See the online finding aid for information about additional Richard Coke records.

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Perry, Rick, 2000-2015

2014 Official Portrait of Governor Rick Perry

2014 Official Portrait of Governor Rick Perry

Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor Rick Perry records
Dates: 2000-2015
Abstract: James Richard “Rick” Perry was the 47th governor of Texas. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1998, taking office in January of 1999. Perry became governor to complete the term of Governor George W. Bush who left the office in December 2000 to become president of the United States. Perry was first elected governor of Texas on November 5, 2002, and then reelected on November 7, 2006 and November 2, 2010. Rick Perry served as governor of Texas from December 20, 2000 to January 20, 2015.

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