Matagorda County Historical Marker

First Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
IRA INGRAM
(1788 - 1837)

Courthouse Square - West Side          2858'56.99"N        9558'10.12"W
 



 


first speaker of the
texas house of representativeS
ira ingram
(1788 - 1837)

 

Born in Vermont. Came to Texas in 1824. Worked to establish  the  Republic.  Represented  Matagorda  in
the  First  Congress  of  the  Republic  where  he  served
as  speaker,  Oct.  1836  to  April  1837 . At  his  death  in
Sept.  1837  left  $70,000  to  schools  in  Matagorda.

Since Ingram's term, 62 men have served Texas as speaker. Five have gone on to become governor. One, Sam Rayburn, became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and served 21 years in that office.

The speaker, elected from the 150 members of the
house, is one of the most powerful men in state government -- being third in line of succession to
the governorship. Through his power of appointment
of the 41 standing committees, and a presiding
officer, he directs the course of legislation.

He  is  chairman  of  the  Legislative  Audit  Committee;
vice-chairman of the Legislative Budget Board; and vice-chairman of the Texas Legislative Council. He
signs all legislative acts and resolutions, appoints conference and interim committees, and performs many administrative duties spanning his two year term.

(1965)

 

IRA INGRAM TEXAS CENTENNIAL MARKER

HOUSE SPEAKERS DURING THE
PERIOD OF THE REPUBLIC

IRA INGRAM 1836
BRANCH T. ARCHER 1837
JOSEPH ROWE 1837
JOHN M. HANSFORD 1838
DAVID S. KAUFMAN 1839
KENNETH L. ANDERSON 1841
N. H. DARNELL 1842
RICHARDSON SCURRY 1843
JOHN M. LEWIS 1844

 


 


W. E. CRUMP

1846
 
A. M. KENNEDY

1909
J. W. HENDERSON 1847   JOHN MARSHALL 1909
C. G. KEENAN 1849   SAM RAYBURN 1911
D. C. DICKSON 1851   CHESTER H. TERRELL 1913
H. R. RUNNELS 1853   JOHN W. WOODS 1915
H. P. BEE 1855   F. O. FULLER 1917
WM. S. TAYLOR 1857   R. E. THOMASON 1919
DR. M. D. K. TAYLOR 1859, 1863, 1873   CHARLES G. THOMAS 1921
N. H. DARNELL 1861   R. E. SEAGLER 1923
N. M. BURFORD 1866   LEE SATTERWHITE 1925
IRA H. EVANS 1870   R. L. BOBBITT 1927
GUY M. BRYAN 1874   W. S. BARROW 1929
T. R. BONNER 1876   FRED MINOR 1931
JOHN H. COCHRAN 1879, 1893   COKE R. STEVENSON 1933, 1935
GEORGE R. REEVES 1881   ROBERT W. CALVERT 1937
C. R. GIBSON 1883   R. EMMET MORSE 1939
L. L. FOSTER 1885   HOMER LEONARD 1941
GEORGE C. PENDLETON 1887   PRICE DANIEL 1943
F. P. ALEXANDER 1889   CLAUD GILVER 1945
R. T. MILNER 1891   W. O. REED 1947
T. S. SMITH 1895   DURWOOD MANFORD 1949
L. T. DASHIELL 1897   REUBEN SENTERFIETT 1951, 1953
J. S. SHERRILL 1899   JIM LINDSEY 1955
R. E. PRINCE 1901   WAGGONER CARR 1957, 1959
PAT M. NEFF 1903   JAMES TURMAN 1961
F. W. SEABURY 1905   BYRON TUNNELL 1963
THOMAS B. LOVE
 
1907
 
  BEN BARNES
 
1965
 

 

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Nov. 21, 2010
Updated
Dec. 23, 2011
   

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