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 (1859-1861)
Creator: Texas. Governor (1859-1861 : Houston)
Title: Governor Sam Houston records
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.
Lubbock, Francis Richard (1861-1863)
Creator: 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.
Murrah, Pendleton (1863-1865)
Creator: Texas. Governor (1863-1865 : Murrah)
Title: Governor Pendleton Murrah records
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.
Pease, Elisha Marshall, 1865-1869
Davis, Edmund Jackson, 1870-1874
Perry, Rick (2000-2015)
Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor Rick Perry records
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.