Trees Planted by the Water: Early African American Legislators
|Handbook of Texas Online:||George Thompson Ruby|
|Texas State Library:||George Thompson Ruby|
|.Constitutional Convention 1868|
|.12th Texas Legislature Jan 10, 1871|
|13th Texas Legislature Jan 14, 1873
|G.T. Ruby's Oath of Office|
Entries from the Journals of the Reconstruction Convention, 1868
|June 5, 1868
The President announced tle
following standing committees:
Mr. Ruby offered the following
Mr. Bryant, of Harris, moved that
Mr. Ruby be added to the
Mr. Burnett moved to adjourn till 3 o'clock. The President asked that the motion to adjourn be withdrawn for the purpose of announcing the following Special Committee on the division of the State: Munroe, Chairman; Degener, Johnson, of Calhoun, Wilson, of Brazoria, Slaughter, Pedigo, Ruby, Fleming, Armstrong of Lamar, Kealy, Flanagan, Vaughan, Keuchler, Mullins, Rogers. Mr. Board asked that the rules be suspended to offer a resolution. Rules were suspended
Mr. Ruby asked that Mr. Williams be placed on Committee on General Provisions. It was so ordered.
Mr. Ruby moved the suspension of the rules to take up the following resolution, offered by Mr. Curtis: Rules suspended. Resolved by the people of Texas in Convention assembled: That a committee of three be appointed by the President of this Convention, to proceed to the town of Millican, for the purpose of investigating the cause of the late disturbance at that place, and report the result thereof to this body; that said committee are invested with full power to summon such witnesses before them, and examine such papers as shall be necessary to elicit the desired information. That any and every Sheriff in the State shall execute any and every process, of whatsoever character that may be issued by said committee. That the sum of five hundred dollars, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated out of the contingent fund of this Convention, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of said committee. That Brevet Major General J. J. Reynolds be and he is hereby respectfully requested to aid said committee in this investigation, by the protection of an adequate escort of cavalry or infantry, as he may direct. Mr. Evans, of Titus, moved the resolution be referred to the Judiciary Committee
Mr. Ruby moved to amend by adding Messrs. Johnson and Kendal.
Mr. Ruby rose to a question of personal privilege, stating that the assistant doorkeeper violently assaulted him upon the public street this morning while on his way to the capitol. Mr. Degener asked that the question be referred to the special
Mr. Burnett, from the special committee appointed to inquire into the conduct of the Assistant Doorkeeper, reported as follows
RECONSTRUCTION CONVENTION JOURNAL. REPRESENTATIVE HALL, February 1, 1869. Hon. E. J. DAVIS, President of the Convention: SIR: The special committee, to whom was referred the charge made by Hon. Mr. Ruby, of Galveston, against the Assistant Doorkeeper of this Convention, Scipio McKee, to-wit: that said McKee did on this morning, first instant, wantonly and without provocation, violently assault Mr. Ruby on the public street of this city, and while he was on his way to the capitol. After a full examination the committee find that the charge preferred is fully sustained by the evidence, and believing that the only penalty for the offense, so far as this Convention is concerned, is in the dismissal of the offender from the service of this body, and that justice to the member attacked and to the Convention demands this action, respectfully recommend the adoption of the accompanying resolution. Respectfully submitted, BURNETT, Chairman Committee. RESOLUTION. Resolved, That Scipio McKee, Assistant Doorkeeper, for committing a violent and unprovoked assault on the person of Mr. Ruby, a member of this Convention, is hereby dismissed the service of this body. Mr. Hamilton, of Bastrop, moved the previous question. Previous question seconded. The question recurred, " Shall the main question be now put ?" Upon which the yeas and nays were demanded and resulted thus: Yeas -Messrs. President, Bellinger, Board, Brown, Butler, Burnett, Carter, Degener, Downing, Fayle, Flanagan, Gray, Hamilton of Bastrop, Hunt, Jordan Kuechler, Lippard, Long, Miills, Mullins, Newcomb, Patten, Slaughter, Smith, Thomas, Whitmore -26. Nays--Messrs. Armstrong of Jasper, Armstrong of Lamar, Bell, Bryant of Grayson; Buffington, Cole, Curtis, Fleming, Gaston, Glenn, Iamilton of Travis, Harris, Ham, Kealy, Keigwin, Kendal, Kirk, Loib, McCormick, McWashington, Morse, Mundine, Phillips of San Augustine, Phillips of Wharton, Rogers, Scott, Sorrell, 458
RECONSTRUCTION CONVENTION JOURNAL.
Mr. Ruby offered the following declaration: AN ORDINANCE To prevent the intimidation of voters. Be it ordained by the people of Texas in Convention assembled, and it is hereby ordained as follows: SECTION 1. Any person who shall prevent or endeavor to prevent
any qualified elector of this State from the free exercise of the elective franchise by violence or bribery, or by threats of violence or injury to his person or property, or by depriving an elector of employment, or threatening to deprive him of employment, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one month nor more than six months, or by fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each offence, and one half of the fine shall go to the prosecutor. SEC. 2. Be it further ordained, That the hiring of any laborer upon the condition that the same shall vote, or not vote, for any special candidate, or any particular party, or in any specific manner, shall be deemed bribery within the meaning of this act, upon the part of the person demanding the said condition. SEC. 3. Be it further ordained, That this ordinance shall be published and circulated with the Constitution for the information of voters, and shall be in force from and after the date of its passage. Mr. Ruby moved to suspend the rules to take up the declaration, Upon which the yeas and nays were demanded and resulted thus: Yeas-Messrs. President, Butler, Carter, Degener, Flanagan, Hunt, Kuechler, Lippard, Long, Mackey, Mullins, Patten, Ri&y, Smith, Varnell, Watrous, Williams, Wilson of Milam-18. Nays-Messrs. Armstrong of Jasper, Armstrong of Lamar, Bellinger, Board, Bryant, Buffington, Burnett, Cole, Curtis, Downing, Evans of Titus, Fleming, Gaston, Glenn, Gray, Hamilton of Bastrop, Hamilton of Travis, Harris, Harn, Johnson, Jordan, Kealy, Keigwin, Kendal, Kirk, Leib, McCormick, McWashington, Mills, Morse, Mundine, Newcomb, Phillips of San Augustine, Posey, Rogers, Schuetze, Scott, Slaughter, Sorrell, Stockbridge, Talbot, Thomas, Wilson of Brazoria, Wright-44. So the Convention refused to suspend the rules. On motion the Convention adjourned until the regular hour this evening. 511
Mr. Ruby, of Galveston, tendered his resignation by the following letter: To the Hon. E. J. DAVIS, President of Reconstruction Convention: State of Texas. SIR: Believing that the present Reconstruction Convention has lost, through many of its members, all regard for dignity and honor as a legislative assemblage, and that its continued session will only terminate in disgrace to the entire country. I herewith tender my resignation as a member hereof and as delegate from the county of Galveston. G. T. RUBY, Delegate from Galveston county. Convention Hall, night, February 5, 1869. The Convention adjourned.
Mr. Ruby, of Galveston, offered the following resolutions: , Resolbed, That a special committee of -- members be appointed on the subject of Bill of Rights. Resolved, That a special committee of members be appointed on the subject of the Militia. Resolved, That a special committee of - members be appointed on the subject of Election and Suffrage. Resolved, That a special committee of members be appointed on the subject of Eminent Domain and Property of the State. Mr. Burnett moved to lay the resolutions upon the table. Carried,
Mr. Ruby, of Galveston, offered the
, Resolbed, That a special committee of -- members be appointed
on the subject of Bill of Rights.
Resolved, That a special committee of members be appointed
on the subject of the Militia.
Resolved, That a special committee of - members be appointed
on the subject of Election and Suffrage.
Resolved, That a special committee of members be appointed
on the subject of Eminent Domain and Property of the
Mr. Burnett moved to lay the resolutions upon the table.