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This Day in Texas History: Constitutional Convention Meets in Austin

This Day in Texas History: September 6th, 1875 — Constitutional convention meets in Austin   On this day in 1875, the Constitutional Convention of 1875 met in Austin. The convention grew out of the determination of Texas Democrats to eliminate the radical Constitution of 1869. Edward B. Pickett presided over the convention, which adjourned in…
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This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists”

This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists” September 1, 1863 On this day in 1863, Maj. Santos Benavides, the highest-ranking Mexican American to serve in the Confederacy, led seventy-nine men of the predominantly Tejano Thirty-third Texas Cavalry across the Rio Grande in pursuit of the bandit Octaviano Zapata.…
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This Day in Texas History: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman

This Day in Texas History: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman April 05, 1896 On this day in 1896, in El Paso, U.S. deputy marshal George A. Scarborough shot constable John Selman, a celebrated gunman and gambler who had just left the Wigwam Saloon. Selman died the next day on the operating table. Scarborough…
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This day in Texas History: Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office January 15, 1874 On this day in 1874, Democrat Richard Coke was inaugurated as governor of Texas. Nevertheless, Republican governor Edmund J. Davis refused to vacate the office. Coke had overwhelmingly won the gubernatorial election in…
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