The Union League of Texas


On May 15, 1870,  Secretary of State James P. Newcomb became the grand president. He held this position during the rest of the league's existence.

Notable Union League Members

ALLEN, RICHARD In 1871 the Union League, which supported the Republican party, made him one of its vice presidents.
WILLIAMS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN As early as 1868 he was vice president of the Loyal Union League, and as such kept white Unionists abreast of what was happening in the black-belt area.
REED, JOHNSON Reed had also served as president of the state Union League in 1871
RUBY, GEORGE THOMPSON  he still was affiliated with the Union League and became president of that organization in 1868. It was the league more than anything else that enabled Ruby to rise within the ranks of the Republican party, for through this organization he influenced the large black constituency of the party.
KENDALL, MITCHELL After Kendall's nomination by the Union League in Harrison County, he won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives, where he was one of fourteen blacks who helped give the Republican party a working majority in the Twelfth Legislature.
 CUNEY, NORRIS WRIGHT There he met George T. Ruby, president of the Union League. Cuney studied law and by July 18, 1871, was appointed president of the Galveston Union League.
JOHNSON, WILEY In 1868 he served as a voter registrar in Harrison County. The Union League of his county nominated him as a Republican candidate for election to the convention; county voters selected him and three other candidates as their delegates.
CLARK, WILLIAM THOMAS Clark was discharged from the army on February 1, 1866, and moved to Galveston, where he helped to organize a bank, of which he became cashier. He also became active in the formation of chapters of the Union League and formed a close association with George T. Ruby, a leader of Galveston freedmen.
BLACK, READING WOOD In September 1867 he attempted to form a Union League in Uvalde. This "act of disloyalty" to Texas and the South so incensed his former friend G. W. (Tom) Wall that on the morning of October 3 Wall murdered Black in his own store in the presence of several witnesses.
DEBRUHL, JOHN  John Debruhl, black Republican party leader during Reconstruction, was in Galveston by 1869 when the Union League nominated him for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
BURTON, WALTER MOSES He became involved in politics as early as 1869, when he was elected sheriff and tax collector of Fort Bend County. Along with these duties, he also served as the president of the Fort Bend County Union League.
PHELPS, HENRY Phelps was living in Fort Bend County by 1869, when he became a charter member of the Union League of the county.
 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM Texas Unionists in exile formed a chapter at New Orleans before the end of the Civil War. William Alexander was chairman of the group's executive committee. Returning exiles brought the league to Texas with them in the summer of 1865.