Election Registers (1836-1980)

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The law defining the duties of the Secretary of State, passed in 1846, includes a provision that he shall, "in a separate book, suitable for the purpose, keep a complete register of all officers appointed and elected in the State..." The origins of the three Republic-era Election Registers, in contrast, are obscure. The first (1836-1842) of the two volumes appears consistent with an office memorandum book, its entries lacking uniformity and, occasionally, legibility--clearly not intended as an official register; the second (1843-1846) resembles, both in physical appearance and in information recorded, the official volumes created by State government. The third register lists officials in office on May 1, 1838.

Persons documented in the Registers include elected or appointed Texas-wide, district, and county officers. Municipal officials are recorded only in the registers maintained during the Reconstruction era (1866-1870), when all such officials were appointed by Special Order of the Fifth Military District.

Information in the Republic-era Registers (1836-1846) includes: Name of the individual, Office held, Date of election, Date of commissioning, County or district, and Remarks.

Information in the State Registers (l846-1980) includes: Name of the individual, Post office, Date of election, Date confirmed, Date appointed, Date qualified, Date commissioned, and Remarks.

Individual volumes in this Secretary of State series contain several years of information about state or national, district, and county officers, arranged alphabetically by county. Compiled information about primary elections was not recorded until 1956. Earlier election registers included state and county office holders. Beginning with the 1978 elections, county officials are no longer listed.

All Election Registers in our holdings have been microfilmed. Because the original ledgers are extremely fragile, we will not pull them for research needs unless the microfilm is completely illegible.

All of the information in the Republic registers for 1836-1842 and 1843-1846, except for the "Remarks," has been transcribed in the publication, Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas: 1836-1846, compiled by Donaly Brice. The listings in the book are arranged alphabetically by office holder's name. A county index lists the names of all officers from each county found in the two volumes for the period of the Republic.

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Microfilm Listing

Please note that microfilm reels are available for loan to libraries, not to individuals. Contact your local library to arrange an interlibrary loan of the materials you wish to view. The following detailed list will help you identify the specific reels you may need.

Microfilm reels are also available to be viewed on-site at 1201 Brazos in Austin, Texas.

Reel EL-1
Register of Elected and Appointed National and County Officials

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1838 – 1842
Register of Passports: 1838 - 1842
Register of all Civil Offices in the Service of the Republic of Texas on the 1st Day of May A.D. 1838
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1841 - 1846

Registers of Elected and Appointed State and County Officials
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1846 - 1848
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1846 – 1854

Compiled Election Returns begin to be recorded in Election Registers in 1884. For compiled election returns beginning in 1850, consult the microfilm edition of the Secretary of State Executive Record Books. A listing of the Executive Record Book reels containing election returns is appended at the end of this Election Register listing.


Reel EL-2
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1854 – 1862


Reel EL-3
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1860 – 1865
Delegates to 1866
Convention Delegates to 1868 Convention
Land Patents: 1862


Reel EL-4
Appointments to Office Under Provisional Government

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1863 - August 1865
Elected/Appointed Officials: September 1865 - July 1870

Register of Elected and Appointed State and County Officials
Elected/Appointed Officials: August 1866 -1870


Reel EL-5
Register of Elected and Appointed Local Officials: 1870 - 1873
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1870 - 1875 (Entries skip from page 179 to page 474)
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1870 – 1875


Reel EL-6
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1874 – 1878


Reel EL-7
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1878 – 1880


Reel EL-8
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1880 – 1882


Reel EL-9
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1882 – 1884


Reel EL-10
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1884 - 1886
Election Returns: November 4, 1884


Reel EL-11
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1886 - 1888
Election Returns: November 2, 1886


Reel EL-12
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1888 1889
Election Returns: November 6, 1888


Reel EL-13
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1889 - 1891
Constitutional Amendments: August 11, 1891 (Pages 581, 583, 585, 587, 589)
Election Returns: November 4, 1890

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1892 - 1894
Election Returns: November 8, 1892
Delegates Appointed to National Conferences
 

Reel EL-14
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1894 - 1896
Election Returns: November 6, 1894

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1896 - 1897
Election Returns: November 3, 1896
 

Reel EL-15
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1898 - 1900
Election Returns: November 8, 1898

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1900 - 1902
Election Returns: November 11, 1900
 

Reel EL-16
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1902 - 1904
Election Returns: November 4, 1902

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1904 - 1906
Election Returns: November 8, 1904
 

Reel EL-17
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1907 - 1908
Election Returns: November 6, 1906
Constitutional Amendments: August 6, 1907

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1908 - 1909
Election Returns: November 3, 1908

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1910 - 1912
Election Returns: November 8, 1910
 

Reel EL-18
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1913 - 1915
Election Returns: November 5, 1912
  Some entries have November 15, 1912, instead of November 5. This is a typographical error.
Constitutional Amendments: July 19, 1913

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1914 - 1916
Election Returns: November 3, 1914
Constitutional Amendments: July 24, 1915

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1916 - 1918
Election Returns: November 7, 1916
 

Reel EL-19
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1918 - 1920
Election Returns: November 5, 1918
Constitutional Amendments: May 24, 1919
  Includes the vote for the Prohibition Amendment to the National Constitution.

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1920 - 1922
Election Returns: November 2, 1920

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1922 - 1925
Election Returns: November 7, 1922
 

Reel EL-20
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1924 - 1926
Election Returns: November 4, 1924

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1924 - 1928
Election Returns: November 2, 1926
Constitutional Amendments: August 1, 1927

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1928 - 1930
Election Returns: November 6, 1928
 

Reel EL-21
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1930 - 1933
Election Returns: November 4, 1930

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1932 - 1934
Election Returns: November 8, 1932
Constitutional Amendments: August 26, 1933
 

Reel EL-22
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1934 - 1936
Election Returns: November 6, 1934
Constitutional Amendments: August 24, 1935

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 5: December 22, 1934
Senate District 30: September 28, 1935
Senate District 19: March 28, 1936
Senate District 1: April 21, 1936
Senate District 10: n.d.
Representative District 50, Pl. 2: March 16, 1935
Representative District 92: August 24, 1935
Representative District 41: January 18, 1936
Representative District 3: April 21, 1936
Representative District 89, Pl. 2: May 7, 1836
Representative District 29: n.d.

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1936 - 1938
Election Returns: November 3, 1936
Constitutional Amendments: August 23, 1937

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
10th Congressional District: April 10, 1937

Special Elections: State Legislators
Representative District 87: February 6, 1837
Representative District 12: July 23, 1938
Representative District 25: July 23, 1938
Representative District 49: July 23, 1938
Senate District 13: July 23, 1938
 

Reel EL-23
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1938 - 1940
Election Returns: November 8, 1938

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverage; School Bonds

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1940 - 1942
Election Returns: November 5, 1940

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
U. S. Senate: June 28, 1941

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 10: n.d.
Senate District 24: n.d.
Representative District 78, Pl. 1: June 28, 1941
Representative District 64: August 30, 1941
Representative District 7: July 25, 1942
Representative District 40: July 25, 1942
Representative District 49: July 25, 1942
Representative District 50, Pl 4: July 25, 1942
Representative District 52: July 25, 1942
Representative District 78, Pl 4: July 25, 1942
Representative District 81, Pl 2: July 25, 1942
Representative District 88: July 25, 1942
Representative District 90: July 25, 1942
Representative District 106: July 25, 1942
 

Reel EL-24
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1941 - 1945
Election Returns: November 3, 1942

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1944 - 1947
Election Returns: November 7, 1944
Constitutional Amendments: August 25, 1945

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
6th Congressional District: August 24, 1946

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 26: July 27, 1946
 

Reel EL-25
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1946 - 1949
Election Returns: November 5, 1946
Constitutional Amendments: August 23, 1947

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
9th Congressional District: August 28, 1947
16th Congressional District: August 28, 1947
15th Congressional District: December 4, 1948

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 18: August 23, 1947
Representative District 68: November 8, 1947
Representative District 7: January 8, 1949

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1947 - 1950
Election Returns: November 2, 1948
Constitutional Amendments: November 8, 1949

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
18th Congressional District: May 6, 1950

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 16: January 8, 1949
Senate District 6: November 8, 1949
Representative District 7: January 8, 1949
Representative District 19: January 8, 1949
Representative District 104: February 10, 1949
Representative District 61: April 11, 1949
Representative District 52: November 8, 1949
Representative District 58: November 8, 1949
Representative District 89: November 8, 1949
Representative District 120: November 8, 1949

Special Elections: Other
State Board of Education: November 8, 1949
Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters
 

Reel EL-26
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1949 - 1952
Election Returns: November 7, 1950
Constitutional Amendments: November 13, 1951

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
13th Congressional District: September 14, 1951
7th Congressional District: September 23, 1952

Special Elections: State Legislators
Representative District 11: November 13, 1951
Representative District 29: November 13, 1951
Representative District 42f: November 13, 1951
Representative District 46: November 13, 1951
Representative District 61: November 13, 1951
Representative District 84f: November 13, 1951
Representative District 86: November 13, 1951
Representative District 91: November 13, 1951
Representative District 94: November 13, 1951
Representative District 97, Pl 1: Nov 13, 1951
Representative District 111, Pl 2: Nov 13, 1951
Representative District 114: November 13, 1951

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1952 - 1954
Election Returns: November 4, 1952

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 18: November 2, 1954
Senate District 29: November 2, 1954
Senate District 24: December 11, 1954
Representative District 3: n.d.
Representative District 60, Pl 2: n.d
Representative District 61: n.d.
Representative District 64: n.d.
Representative District 150, Pl 1: n.d.
Representative District 105, Pl 3: Dec 11, 1954

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Reel EL-27
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1954 - 1956
Election Returns: November 2, 1954

Special Elections: State Legislators
Representative District 85: January 8, 1955

Primary Elections: 1st Democratic: July 28, 1956; 2nd Democratic: August 25, 1956
  Referendum voted on at 1st Democratic Party Primary

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1956 - 1959
Election Returns: November 6, 1956
Constitutional Amendments: November 13, 1956; November 5, 1957

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
Senator: April 2, 1957
 

Reel EL-28
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1956 - 1961
Election Returns: November 4, 1958

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 17: January 9, 1960
Representative District 23: January 9, 1960
Representative District 54: January 9, 1960
Representative District 61: January 9, 1960

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Primary Elections: 1st Democratic: May 7, 1960; 2nd Democratic: June 4, 1960

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1958 - 1962
Election Returns: November 8, 1960

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
Senator: April 4, 1961; Runoff: May 27, 1961
20th Congressional District: November 4, 1961
13th Congressional District: December 16, 1961; Runoff: January 27, 1962
4th Congressional District: December 23, 1961; Runoff: January 30, 1962

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 26: December 16, 1961
Representative District 68, Pl 5: Nov. 4, 1961
Representative District 93: November 18, 1961
Representative District 21, Pl 2: Dec. 16, 1961
Representative District 49f: December 16, 1961
Representative District 68, Pl 2: Dec 16, 1961

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 5, 1962;2nd Democratic: June 2, 1962
 

Reel EL-29
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1962 - 1966
Election Returns: November 6, 1962
Constitutional Amendments: November 9, 1963

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1962 - 1966
Election Returns: November 3, 1964
Constitutional Amendments: September 7, 1965; November 2, 1965

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
8th Congressional District: March 6, 1966

Special Elections: State Legislators
Representative District 78: June 26, 1965

Special Elections: Alcoholic Beverages & County Matters

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 2, 1964; 2nd Democratic: June 6, 1964
 

Reel EL-30
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1964 - 1968
"Returns of an Election held on May 7, 1966"
Election Returns: November 8, 1966
Constitutional Amendments: November 11, 1967

Special Elections: Local Option

Elected/Appointed Officials: 1968 - 1970
Election Returns: November 5, 1968
Constitutional Amendments: August 5, 1969

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
U. S. Representative District 3: August 24, 1968

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 8: November 11, 1967
Representative District 22, Pl 7: Nov. 11, 1967; Runoff: December 5, 1967
Representative District 24, Pl 2: Nov. 11, 1967; Runoff: December 5, 1967
Representative District 30: November 11, 1967; Runoff: December 16, 1967
Representative District 39, Pl 2: Nov. 11, 1967; Runoff: December 9, 1967
Representative District 47, Pl 2: Nov. 11, 1967; Runoff: December 2, 1967
Representative District 75: November 11, 1967; Runoff: December 16, 1967
Representative District 23, Pl 1: May 14, 1968
Representative District 33, Pl 4: May 14, 1968; Runoff: June 1, 1968
Representative District 48f: May 14, 1968
Representative District 33, Pl 5: June 16, 1968
Representative District 49: February 11, 1969; Runoff: February 27, 1969
Representative District 73: July 22, 1969; Runoff: August 5, 1969

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 4, 1968; 2nd Democratic: June 1, 1968
 

Reel EL-31
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1968 - 1970
Election Returns: November 3, 1970
Constitutional Amendments: May 18, 1971

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 2, 1970; 2nd Democratic: June 6, 1970
 

Reel EL-32
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1971 - 1972
Election Returns: November 7, 1972
Constitutional Amendments: November 6, 1973

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 24: June 6, 1972
State Senator: July 17, 1973; Special Runoff: August 14, 1973

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 6, 1972; 2nd Democratic & Republican: June 3, 1972
 

Reel EL-33
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1973 - 1974
Election Returns: November 5, 1974
Constitutional Amendments: November 4, 1975

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 6: January 11, 1975

Primary Elections: Democratic, Republican & Raza Unida: May 4, 1974 2nd Democratic: June 1, 1974
 

Reel EL-34
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1975 - 1976
Election Returns: November 2, 1976
Constitutional Amendments: November 8, 1977

Special Elections: U. S. Congress
U. S. Representative District 22: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976
U. S. Representative District 1: June 19, 1976

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 7: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976
Representative District 31: November 8, 1977; Runoff: December 10, 1977
Representative District 33-D: July 16, 1977; Runoff: August 6, 1977; Canvass: August 10, 1977
Representative District 33-O: November 8, 1977; Runoff: November 29, 1977
Representative District 37-B: November 8, 1977; Runoff: December 10, 1977
Representative District 57-E: August 7, 1976
Representative District 71: November 8, 1977; Runoff: December 3, 1977
Representative District 80: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976
Representative District 90: August 14, 1976
Representative District 97: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976

Primary Elections:
Democratic & Republican: May 1, 1976; 2nd Democratic: June 5, 1976
 

Reel EL-35
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1977 - 1978
  Starting with the 1978 elections, county officials are no longer listed.
Election Returns: November 7, 1978

Special Elections: State Legislators
Senate District 3: February 18, 1978
Representative District 4: February 18, 1978
Representative District 5: February 18, 1978; Runoff: March 21, 1978
Representative District 25: February 18, 1978; Runoff: March 21, 1978
Representative District 50: March 14, 1978; Runoff: March 28, 1978
Representative District 37-B: November 8, 1977; Runoff: December 10, 1977
Representative District 57-E: August 7, 1976
Representative District 71: November 8, 1977; Runoff: December 3, 1977
Representative District 80: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976
Representative District 90: August 14, 1976
Representative District 97: February 28, 1976; Runoff: April 3, 1976

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 6, 1978


Reel EL-36
Elected/Appointed Officials: 1979 - 1980
  Starting with the 1978 elections, county officials are no longer listed.
Election Returns: November 2, 1976

Primary Elections: Democratic & Republican: May 3, 1980; 2nd Democratic & Republican: June 7, 1980


Election Returns Located in the Executive Record Books

Reel EX-2
Executive Record Book: George T. Wood
Dates: December 21, 1847 - December 14, 1849
Official returns for electors for president and vice president--1848 (p. 143)


Reel EX-3
Executive Record Book: "Records of the Administration of P. H. Bell, Governor of the State of Texas" (V. I)
Dates: December 21, 1849 - December 10, 1850
Election Returns: Seat of Government - March 1850 (pp 146-9)

Executive Record Book: P. H. Bell, James W. Henderson, E. M. Pease
Dates: December 31, 1849 - March 2, 1854
Election Returns: pages 54-59, 110-117, 178-183, 191-193, 254-261


Reel EX-4
Executive Record Book: E. M. Pease
Dates: December 21, 1853 - December 15, 1857
Election Returns: pp. 277-282, 292-298, 436, 451, 459, 534-543, 548, 565, 570, 574, 599-601, 603, 610, 615-618, 647-651

Executive Record Book: H. R. Runnels
Dates: December 21, 1857 - December 20, 1859
Election Returns: pp. 83, 115-118, 181-190, 232, 297, 355-358, 388-391


Reel EX-5
Executive Record Book: Sam Houston, Edward J. Clark
Dates: December 27, 1859 - November 1, 1861
Election Returns: pp. 89, 114-121, 147-150, 182, 222-223 [for ordinance of secession], 288, 322-327, 364-367


Reel EX-6
Executive Record Book: Francis R. Lubbock
Dates: November 8, 1861 - November 5, 1863
Election Returns: pp. 21-14, 33-38, 72-73, 77, 108-114 129, 170, 197, 202-207, 212-214, 216 219, 249-251

Executive Record Book: Pendelton Murrah
Dates: November 5, 1863 - January 19, 1865
Election Returns: pp. 63, 104, 115, 124, 128-133

Executive Record Book: Pendleton Murrah
Dates: February 7, 1865 - June 12, 1865
Election Returns: page 16

Executive Record Book: A. J. Hamilton (Prov. Gov't)
Dates: July 25, 1865 - August 13, 1866
Election Returns: pp. 198-227


Reel EX-7
Executive Record Book: J. W. Throckmorton
Dates: August 13, 1866 - August 8, 1867
Election Returns: pp. 44-47


Reel EX-9
"Records of the Executive Office"
Dates: January 8, 1870 - February 9, 1874
Election Returns: pp. 715-726, 743-746, 789-790, 865-867, 939-942, 1019-1058, 1133, 1146-1147


Reel EX-10
Executive Record Book: E. J. Davis, Richard Coke
Dates: June 20, 1873 - July 9, 1875
Election Returns: pp 130-134, 449-455


Reel EX-11
Executive Record Book: Coke, Hubbard
Dates: July 10, 1875 - June 20, 1877
Election Returns: pp 60, 706-721

Executive Record Book: Hubbard
Dates: July 5, 1877 - January 21, 1879
Election Returns: pp 646-649


Reel EX-12
Executive Record Book: Roberts
Dates: January 28, 1879 - June 13, 1881
Election Returns: pp 39, 480-484, 514-529

Executive Record Book: Roberts - Ross
Dates: June 13, 1881 - October 31, 1887
Election Returns: pp 136-149, 454-465, 478-491, 561-564


Reel EX-13
Executive Record Book: Ross - Campbell
Dates: February 7, 1887 - October 31, 1907
Election Returns: pp 28-32, 67, 188-189, 654-655
 

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