Trees Planted by the Water: Early African American Legislators





WATROUS, BENJAMIN O. (ca. 1831-?).

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Texas State Library: Benjamin O. Watrous









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  Entries from the Journals of the Reconstruction Convention, 1868

  July 13, 1868
Mr. Watrous offered the following declaration:
Be it declared by this Convention, That the following be a section
of the Constitution of the State of Texas:
That no person who shall deny the being of Almighty God, or
the Divine authority of the Holy Bible; or who shall hold religious
opinions incompatible with the freedom or safety of the State, shall
be capable of holding any office, or place of trust or profit, in any
civil department.
On motion the declaration was referred to the Committee on Gen-
.eral Provisions.
July 24, 1868

Mr. Watrous offered the following resolution:
Be it declared by the people of Texas in Convention assembled,
That no person shall be excluded from holding any office of
profit or trust in this State on account of race, color or previous
On motion the declaration was referred to the Committee on General

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation
Olsen Watrous   Self   M   Male   MU   40   AL   Preacher & Teacher 
Carrie Watrous   Wife   M   Female   MU   35   MO   Keeping House 
Mack Spadden   Cousin      Male   MU   36   AL   Boot & Shoemaker 

Brenham, Washington, Texas



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