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David Abner, Sr.

David Abner

Born Selma, Alabama, 1826
Died Marshall, Texas, 1902

Political Life:
- Delegate to 1873 State Colored Men's Convention
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Representative in 14th (1874-75) Legislature from Marshall (Harrison and Rusk Counties)
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Delegate to 1875 Constitutional Convention
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Delegate to 1876 State Republican Convention

Personal Life:
- Born into slavery
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Second wife, Mollie and their eight children


Richard Allen

Richard Allen

Born Virginia or Kentucky, ca. 1829
Died Houston, Texas, May 16, 1909

Political Life:
- Representative in 12th (1870-71) and 13th (1873) Legislatures from Houston (Harris and Montgomery Counties)
- Elected from predominantly white Harris County
- Delegate to 1868, 1876, 1880, 1884 and 1896 National Republican Conventions
- Delegate to 1870 and 1872 National Colored Men's Conventions
- Involved with Freedman's Bureau, Union League

Personal Life:
- Born into slavery
- Also worked as a contractor, mechanic, carpenter and bridge builder
- Wife Nancy and their five children


Edward (E./Em.) Anderson

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Born ca. 1834, place unknown
Died date, place unknown

Political Life:
- Representative in 13th (1873) Legislature from Montgomery (Harris and Montgomery Counties)
- Unseated after being sworn into office

Personal Life:
- Born into slavery
- Also worked as a farmer


Alexander Asberry

Alexander Asberry

Born Wilderville, Texas, November 2, 1861
Died Robertson County, Texas, ca. 1903

Political Life:
- Representative in 21st (1889) Legislature from Calvert (Robertson County)
- Delegate to 1888 and 1892 National Republican Conventions
- Lost 1896 election by 21 votes; when attempted to contest results, reportedly shot by white judge who did not want to hear his appeal

Personal Life:
- Born into slavery
- Also worked in the grocery business


Houston A.P. (Pat) Bassett

Houston Bassett

Born Grimes County, Texas, March 14, 1857
Died Grimes County, Texas, July 17, 1920

Political Life:
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Representative in 20th (1887-1888) Legislature from Anderson (Grimes County)

Personal Life:
- Wife Cordelia and their four children

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