Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section:

An Inventory of Secretary of State Executive Clemency Records at the Texas State Archives, 1840, 1845-2009



Overview

Creator: Texas. Secretary of State. Statutory Documents Section.
Title: Secretary of State executive clemency records
Dates: 1840, 1845-2009
Abstract: One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Since 1869, the governor was required to file, in the office of the Secretary of State, his reasons for granting executive clemency. Between 1946 and 1960, the Parole Division of the Texas Secretary of State maintained records and prepared all clemency proclamations issued by the governor. All of these functions are documented in these records, which include executive record books, clemency proclamations, indexes to clemency proclamations, applications for pardons and other forms of executive clemency, and registers of applications for pardons. They comprise records of executive clemency created by the Governors of the State of Texas, and maintained by the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1840, 1845-2009.
Quantity: 110.68 cubic ft., 168 reels of microfilm (originals), 22 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Constitution of 1845, Article V, Section 11, stated that "in all criminal cases, except those of treason [in which Senate approval was required] and impeachment, the Governor shall have power after conviction, to grant reprieves and pardons; and under such rules as the Legislature may prescribe, he shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures." Subsequent Constitutions in 1861 and 1866 repeated this charge. The only significant modification prescribed in the Constitutions of 1869 and 1876 was the requirement that the governor file, in the office of the Secretary of State, his reasons for granting executive clemency.

In 1893, the Texas Board of Pardon Advisors was created to assist the governor (Senate Bill 19, 23rd Legislature, Regular Session). The name was changed in 1929 to Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (Senate Bill 1, 41st Legislature, 1st Called Session). Beginning in 1936 (Senate Joint Resolution 26, 44th Legislature, Regular Session) the governor must have the written signed recommendation and advice of a majority of the Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant pardons, reprieves, and commutations of punishments, and to remit fines and forfeitures. In 1989 the Board of Pardons and Paroles was placed under the newly created Texas Department of Criminal Justice (House Bill 2335, 71st Legislature, Regular Session). (Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 11; and V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 48.01)

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State (beginning with the first state constitution) is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Between 1946 and 1960, the Parole Division of the Texas Secretary of State maintained records and acted as liaison with the county parole boards, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the governor; had charge of out-of-state parolees in Texas, through the Interstate Parole Compact; and prepared all clemency proclamations issued by the governor. Many of its duties were transferred to the Division of Parole Supervision of the Board of Pardons and Paroles in 1960. Today, the Statutory Documents Section in the Office of the Secretary of State maintains the record copy of proclamations from the governor. (Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 21)

(Sources include: the Handbook of Governments in Texas (1983); the Manual of Texas State Government (1950); the Guide to Texas State Agencies (1st and 2nd editions, 1956 and 1964); the Texas Constitutions of 1845, 1861, 1866, 1869, and 1876 (see the Texas Constitutions Digitization Project on the University of Texas Tarleton Law Library website); and the cited legislation, 1893, 1929, 1936, 1989.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Since 1869, the governor was required to file, in the office of the Secretary of State, his reasons for granting executive clemency. Between 1946 and 1960, the Parole Division of the Texas Secretary of State maintained records and prepared all clemency proclamations issued by the governor. All of these functions are documented in the Secretary of State's executive clemency records. These records include executive record books, clemency proclamations, indexes to clemency proclamations, applications for pardons and other forms of executive clemency, and registers of applications for pardons. They comprise records of executive clemency created by the Governors of the State of Texas, and maintained by the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1840, 1845-2009.

Executive record books dating 1835-1917, are described more fully in a separate finding aid for the Texas Secretary of State. Those executive record books dating 1846-1917 are included here as a convenience to researchers looking specifically for pardon records, with the caution that they also contain an enormous amount of non-clemency material, such as correspondence, inaugural and valedictory addresses, executive messages, appointments, passports, extraditions, rewards, reports of state agencies, etc.

Clemency proclamations, dating 1874-2009, usually give some or all of the following types of information: the proclamation number, the name of the pardoned individual, when convicted, where, the court, the crime, the punishment, length of sentence served, who recommends executive clemency, any conditions on the pardon, date of pardon, and the signatures of the governor and the clerk.

Indexes to clemency proclamations, created by the office of the Texas Secretary of State, date 1846-1970.

Applications for pardons and other forms of executive clemency, are organized as individual case files, and date 1840, 1845-1918 and 1932-1938 (the bulk dating 1880-1900). Types of records found in the applications include correspondence, petitions, court records such as indictments and transcripts, occasional proclamations from the governor granting a pardon or restoring citizenship, and certificates of prison conduct. Applications for pardons were created to request executive clemency from the Governor, and were maintained by the office of the Secretary of State to document the reasons for such clemency.

Registers of applications for pardon date 1887-1891 and 1915-1940. Information included in these pardon registers includes number, name, county, offense, and punishment; each register is followed by an alphabetical index, which includes name, number, conviction date, and final action (including date of such).

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records have been organized by State Archives staff into five series:
Executive record books containing pardon records, 1846-1917, 12.58 cubic ft. (originals); 13 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Governor's clemency proclamations, 1870, 1874-2009, 15.21 cubic ft. (originals), 165 reels of microfilm (originals), 9 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Indexes to clemency proclamations, 1846-1970, 3.96 cubic ft., 3 reels of microfilm
Applications for pardons, 1840, 1845-1938, bulk 1880-1900, 76.25 cubic ft.
Registers of applications for pardons, 1887-1891, 1915-1940, 2.68 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of Applications for pardons fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, medical records (Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(d)), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Medical records are confidential for 100 years and then are available for historical research purposes.

Executive record books and Pardon and remission books are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies of the volumes.

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Subjects:
Pardon--Texas.
Fines (Penalties)--Texas.
Clemency--Texas.
Document Types:
Proclamations--Texas--Pardon--1846-2009.
Correspondence--Texas--Pardon--1845-1938.
Petitions--Texas--Pardon--1840, 1845-1938.
Judicial records--Texas--Pardon--1845-1938.
Registers (lists)--Texas--Pardon--1887-1891, 1915-1940.
Registers (lists)--Texas--Fines (Penalties)--1887-1891, 1939.
Indexes (reference sources)--Texas--Pardon--1846-1970.
Functions:
Pardoning.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
In addition to the records listed, portions of many 19th and 20th century governors' records concern executive clemency. Search governors' finding aids for pardon, clemency, or other similar terms.
Texas Secretary of State, Executive record books, 1835-1917, 15.18 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Parole Division, Parolee records, 1946-1950, 0.8 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-1/331, 2-1/158, and 2-1/159.]
Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, Records, General Counsel executive clemency files, 1978-1990, 5 cubic ft.
Texas Board of Pardon Advisors, Trial docket, 1907-1908, fractional [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed item. Call number is 2-9/453.]
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Commutations of death sentences (RESTRICTED), 1911-1914, 1933-1935, 1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 4-16/54.]
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Execution case files (RESTRICTED), 1954-1964, 4.5 cubic ft.
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Minutes, 1971, 1973-1989, 2.72 cubic ft.
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Pardon books, 1898-1930, 2.37 cubic ft. [These volumes give case number, convict's name, when sentenced, term of sentence, offense, county, date the petition was received, the action of the Board, and the action requested or taken by the Governor.]
Texas applications for special pardons, 1865-1867, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Records of George W. Bush, Executive clemency files, 1961, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1983-2000, bulk 1995-2000, 1.5 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Records, 1849-2004, 170.08 cubic ft.
Publications
Texas Secretary of State, Biennial Reports of the Secretary of State, Austin, Texas: State Printing Office, 1870-1920. (From 1870-1882, names of individuals receiving pardons are listed along with county, crime, sentence, date of sentence, and date of pardon; in 1870, the reason for pardon or remission is also given. After 1882, the reports include only statistics, the total numbers of pardons and other types of clemency.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1932/002, 1938/008, 1962/218, 1962/235, 1963/154, 1963/159, 1963/183, 1965/010, 1965/100, 1968/094, 1968/121, 1971/067, 1971/148, 1972/009, 1975/045, 1975/100, 1977/028, 1977/071, 1978/033, 1979/189, 1980/064, 1981/049, 1981/174, 1982/351, 1983/166, 1985/019, 1985/083, 1985/107, 1986/051, 1987/094, 1988/077, 1989/014, 1990/134, 1990/158, 1992/053, 1994/133, 1996/014, 2003/146, 2007/046, 2007/215, 2009/044, 2011/030

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on September 28, 1932; January 3, 1939; July 19 and August 25, 1963; April 14, April 16, and May 11, 1964; September 23, 1965; February 25, 1966; June 6, 1968; February 23, July 19, and September 22, 1971; October 22, 1974; April 25, 1975; October 13 and December 13, 1976; November 18, 1977; and May 17, 1979; by the Statutory Documents Section of the Texas Secretary of State on December 5, 1979; October 22, 1980; July 3, 1981; August 4, 1982; May 24, 1983; October 15, 1984; March 13, April 18, and December 6, 1985; February 12, 1987; January 29 and September 29, 1989; January 23, 1992; August 4, 1994; October 23, 1995; April 15, 2003; October 26, 2006; August 29, 2007; and September 29, 2010; by the Pardons and Paroles Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on April 30, 1990; and October 17, 2008; and by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 9, 1968 and June 21, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, various dates

Applications for pardons processed by Laura Saegert, August 1988, August 2001, January 2002 [strays]

Applications for pardons processed by Tonia Wood, February 1991, February 1996 [strays]

Governor's clemency proclamations processed by Lisa M. Hendricks, November 1995

Several old finding aids combined, several series described for the first time, new accession added, and finding aid encoded by Tony Black in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project, July 2003

Equivalency chart for microfilm reels added by Tony Black, September 2004

New accession (from strays) added, and corrections and further encoding to DACS standards by Tony Black, October 2006

New accession added by Tony Black, August 2007

New accessions added and additional corrections by Tony Black, September 2010

Appraisal Information

Texas State Archives staff completed an appraisal of the Texas Secretary of State holdings already in the custody of the Texas State Archives in December 1998. Fifty-seven series of these holdings were determined to be archival, including all series of executive clemency records. The complete appraisal report (in two parts: Republic of Texas records, and non-Republic records) is available for consultation online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/sosrepublic.html and http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/sosstate.html, and also in the search room of the Texas State Archives.

Accruals

Additions to Governor's clemency proclamations are transferred periodically. The other series are no longer created.

Other Formats for the Records

The originals of Executive record books and Pardon and remission books were microfilmed (on 35 mm microfilm) in 1990 by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The reels are available through interlibrary loan; contact your local librarian for details. They are also available for purchase; contact the State and Local Records Management Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The following equivalency chart will be helpful in matching Archives reel numbers listed in this finding aid with TSLAC Catalog reel numbers:

Archives reel number TSLAC Catalog reel number
3472 353.91 T312E EX-1
3473 353.91 T312E EX-2
3474 353.91 T312E EX-3
3475 353.91 T312E EX-4
3476 353.91 T312E EX-5
3477 353.91 T312E EX-6
3478 353.91 T312E EX-7
3479 353.91 T312E EX-8
3480 353.91 T312E EX-9
3481 353.91 T312E EX-10
3482 353.91 T312E EX-11
3483 353.91 T312E EX-12
3484 353.91 T312E EX-13
3485 353.91 T312E EX-14
3486 353.91 T312E EX-15
3487 353.91 T312E EX-16
3488 353.91 T312E EX-17
3489 353.91 T312E EX-18
3490 353.91 T312E EX-19
3491 353.91 T312E EX-20
3492 353.91 T312E EX-21
3493 353.91 T312E EX-22

Location of Originals

Originals of Governor's clemency proclamations, volumes 26-40, 311-404, and 426-465 were destroyed after microfilming (on 16 mm microfilm), November 1967.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Executive record books containing pardon records, 1846-1917,
12.58 cubic ft. (originals); 13 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Since 1869, the governor was required to file, in the office of the Secretary of State, his reasons for granting executive clemency. Executive record books were created to preserve a permanent record of the official acts and proceedings of the governors of the state of Texas, whether through correspondence, addresses and messages, proclamations, etc.
Types of records contained in executive record books include correspondence (mostly outgoing) of the Governors of the State of Texas, primarily with other Texas and U.S. officials; inaugural and valedictory addresses; executive messages; proclamations; appointments; passports; pardons and remissions; extraditions; rewards; reports of state agencies; etc. Some Department of State (later Secretary of State) records are also present, consisting primarily of election returns, plus a couple of annual reports. These records comprise the executive record books maintained by the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1846-1917. Records of governors' actions are present from each administration covering the years 1846-1917. The earlier volumes contain a variety of materials, as listed above, with the books from 1887-1917 containing mostly proclamations and pardons. Correspondence in the late 1850s-1860s concerns frontier defense and other military affairs.
Since the executive record books of the Provisional Government (1835-1836) and of the Presidents of the Republic of Texas (1836-1845) contain no pardon documents, those are not described here.
Note: Some confusion may arise from the fact that the term Executive record book has also been applied to volumes that were exclusively dedicated to pardons and to rewards. When Executive record books (14 reels) were microfilmed, Pardon books (9 reels) and Reward books (3 reels) were also included, totaling 26 reels. Pardon books are described in a separate series in this finding aid.
To assist the researcher seeking documentation of pardons, the terms pardons and remissions of fines have been boldfaced in the container listing below.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were created, roughly chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive record books, Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1932/002, 1938/008, 1968/094, 1990/158
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on September 28, 1932 and January 3, 1939; and by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 9, 1968 and June 21, 1990 (this last accession being the microfilm).
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
These records are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies of the volumes. Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
Tony Black, June 2003
Reel
3473 Governor J. Pinckney Henderson, February 19-May 19, 1846
(description of inaugural ceremonies, inaugural address, executive messages, proclamations, orders, appointments, transfer of office to A. C. Horton)
Acting Governor A. C. Horton, May 19-November 10, 1846
(letters sent, correspondence between the executive and officers of the United States, appointments, restoration of office to J. Pinckney Henderson)
Governors J. Pinckney Henderson and A. C. Horton, February 8, 1846-November 11, 1847
(proclamations)
Governor George T. Wood, December 21, 1847-December 14, 1849
(Executive Department records: letters sent, inaugural and valedictory addresses, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, pardons)
(State Department records: letters sent, correspondence concerning public printing, letters concerning delinquent or incorrect returns for census or elections, official returns for electors for president and vice president (1848), 1848 statistical census of the population, resolutions of the Texas Senate and House requesting information from the governor or secretary of state)
Reel
3474 Governor P. H. Bell, Volume I, December 21, 1849-December 10, 1850
(letters sent [includes considerable material on the attempt to annex Santa Fe County], inaugural address, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines)
(election returns, seat of government, March 1850 [pp. 146-149]),
Governor P. H. Bell, Volume II, December 21, 1851-September 27, 1852
(inaugural address, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
Governors P. H. Bell, James W. Henderson, and E. M. Pease, December 31, 1849-March 2, 1854
(Executive Department: letters sent, proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(Secretary of State: outgoing official correspondence, biennial report)
(election returns [pp. 54-59, 110-117, 178-183, 191-193, 254-261])
Reel
3475 Governor E. M. Pease, December 21, 1853-December 15, 1857
(inaugural ceremony and address, valedictory address, executive messages, appointments, pardons)
(election returns [pp. 277-282, 292-298, 436, 451, 459, 534-543, 548, 565, 570, 574, 599-601, 603, 610, 615-618, 647-651])
Governor H. R. Runnels, December 21, 1857-December 20, 1859
(Executive Department: inaugural and valedictory addresses, executive messages, proclamations, instructions, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions)
(Department of State: census of the State of Texas as per returns for the year 1858 [printed, statistics only, attached, p. 443])
(election returns [pp. 83, 115-118, 181-190, 232, 297, 355-358, 388-391])
Reel
3476 Governor Sam Houston, December 21, 1859-December 26, 1860
(letters sent [principal topic of letters is frontier defense, some letters about the 1860 boundary survey and political matters; several letters feuding with Comptroller C. R. Johns]; executive messages, orders, authorization for transfers of railroad lands; broadside tipped in at page 48-49)
Governors Sam Houston and Edward Clark, December 27, 1859-November 1, 1861
(Executive Department: proclamations, appointments, passports, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions, warrants)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 89, 114-121, 147-150, 182, 222-223 (for ordinance of secession), 288, 322-327, 364-367])
Governor Edward Clark, March 29-October 22, 1861
(letters sent, principally concerning military affairs; executive messages)
Governor Francis R. Lubbock, November 7, 1861-January 24, 1863
(letters sent, principally concerning military affairs; addresses, executive messages, appointments)
Reel
3477 Governor Francis R. Lubbock, January 25-November 4, 1863
(valedictory address, executive messages, appointments)
Governor Francis R. Lubbock, November 8, 1861-November 5, 1863
(Executive Department: valedictory address, executive messages, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 21-24, 33-38, 72-73, 77, 108-114, 129, 170, 197, 202-207, 212-214, 216, 219, 249-251])
Governor Pendleton Murrah, November 6-December 23, 1863
(letterbook)
Governor Pendleton Murrah, November 5, 1863-January 19, 1865
(Executive Department: inaugural address, addresses, executive messages, proclamations, commissions, passports, pardons)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 63, 104, 115, 124, 128-133])
Governor Pendleton Murrah, February 7-June 12, 1865
(Executive Department: addresses, appointments, passports, pardons, remissions of fines and bail bonds)
(Department of State: election returns [p. 16])
Governor A. J. Hamilton (Provisional Government), July 25, 1865-August 13, 1866
(Executive Department: addresses, executive messages, bonds and oaths, pardons, remissions of fines, arrests)
(Military Board report [pp. 94-119])
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 198-227])
Reel
3478 Governor J. W. Throckmorton, August 9, 1866-August 8, 1867
(letters sent [principally to Major General Charles Griffin, commander of the District of Texas, and with other federal military or political officials], inaugural address, summary of department status made upon his removal from office, executive messages, appointments)
Governor J. W. Throckmorton, August 13, 1866-August 8, 1867
(Executive Department: proclamations, appointments, passports, contracts, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions)
(State Department: election returns [pp. 44-47]; Secretary of State report, August 8, 1867)
Governor J. W. Throckmorton, January 8-August 3, 1867
(letterbook, principally cover letters for enclosures)
Governor E. M. Pease, August 2, 1867-September 30, 1869
(Pease appointment, Throckmorton removal, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, removals from office, oaths of office, pardons, arrests, extraditions)
Reel
3479 Governors E. M. Pease and E. J. Davis, January 18-October 27, 1870
(Pease: correspondence, including copies of petitions and grand jury indictments, executive messages, pardons and remissions)
(Davis: letters sent [principally to J. J. Reynolds], recommendations for appointments or removals, recommendations for pardons)
(penitentiary report concerning convicts [pp. 523-528])
Governor Edmund J. Davis, Volume II, October 10, 1870-May 30, 1871
(correspondence, executive messages, appointments, rewards)
Reel
3480 Governors E. J. Davis and Richard Coke, January 8, 1870-February 9, 1874
(Executive Department: E. J. Davis appointment, proclamations, oaths of office, bonds, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(State Department: election returns [pp. 715-726, 743-746, 789-790, 865-867, 939-942, 1019-1058, 1133, 1146-1147])
Reel
3481 Governors E. J. Davis and Richard Coke, June 20, 1873-July 9, 1875
(proclamations, appointments, commissions, passports, pardons and remissions, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 130-134, 449-455])
Governors Richard Coke and Richard B. Hubbard, January 15, 1874-January 14, 1879
(inaugural address, executive messages, appointments, financial receipts)
(Adjutant General report [pp. 62-65])
Reel
3482 Governors Richard Coke and Richard B. Hubbard, July 10, 1875-June 20, 1877
(proclamations, appointments, commissions, pardons, remissions, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 60, 706-721])
Governor Richard B. Hubbard, July 5, 1877-January 21, 1879
(proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 646-649])
Reel
3483 Governor Oran M. Roberts, January 21, 1879-July 11, 1879
(inaugural address, executive messages, appointments)
Governor Oran M. Roberts, January 28, 1879-June 13, 1881
(proclamations, commissions, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(election returns [pp. 39, 480-484, 514-529])
Governors Oran M. Roberts, John Ireland, and L. Sullivan Ross, June 13, 1881-October 31, 1887
(executive messages, proclamations, cessions of land, contracts, pardons, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 136-149, 454-465, 478-491, 561-564])
Reel
3484 Governors L. Sullivan Ross through Thomas M. Campbell, February 7, 1887-November 11, 1907
(proclamations, pardons)
(election returns [pp. 28-32, 67, 188-189, 654-655])
Reel
3485 Governors Thomas M. Campbell, Oscar B. Colquitt, and James E. Ferguson: proclamations, January 6, 1908-February 14, 1917
(includes ceremonial, pardon, and quarantine proclamations; executive directives)
[Last part of reel is Pardons and remissions, 1874-1876]



 

Governor's clemency proclamations, 1870, 1874-2009,
15.21 cubic ft. (originals), 165 reels of microfilm (originals), 9 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Between 1946 and 1960, the Parole Division of the Texas Secretary of State maintained records and prepared all clemency proclamations issued by the governor. These records are executive clemency proclamations granted by the Governor of Texas and prepared by the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1870, 1874-2009. Clemency proclamations by the Governor of the State of Texas have granted, for example, full pardon and restoration of full civil rights of citizenship, conditional pardon, remission of fines and forfeitures, medical emergency reprieve, commutation of a prison sentence, or revocation of a conditional pardon. Proclamations usually give some or all of the following types of information: the proclamation number, the name of the pardoned individual, when convicted, where, the court, the crime, the punishment, length of sentence served, who recommends executive clemency, any conditions on the pardon, date of pardon, and the signatures of the governor and the clerk. Standardized proclamation forms came into use in the 1880s and were used in all of the volumes. The format has changed over the years but the basic information is found in the pardons and paroles issued by the governor and since 1936 by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The proclamations from 1870, 1874-1913 are in volumes, the earliest of which (1870, 1874-1900) have been microfilmed (on 35 mm microfilm) for use. From 1913 to 1988 the proclamations are on 16 mm microfilm (the originals were destroyed). From 1988 to 2009 the Texas State Archives retains the paper copy of pardon proclamations.
Note: Some confusion may arise from the fact that the term Executive record book has also been applied to volumes that were exclusively dedicated to pardons and to rewards. When Executive record books (14 reels) were microfilmed, Pardon books (9 reels)--part of the series here described--and Reward books (3 reels) were also included, totaling 26 reels. To add to the confusion, volumes properly called Executive record books usually also contain pardon records and reward records; these have been described in a separate series in this finding aid.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were created, roughly chronologically. Beginning in 1900, they are arranged numerically by proclamation number, which is also chonological.
Except for the years 1900-1913, the volume numbers that are given in the container listing below are not call numbers (the call numbers are the microfilm reel numbers). Volume numbers are provided to assist in distinguishing one volume from another on the microfilm, and also to match the indexes to the volumes (see the series Indexes to clemency proclamations).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Governor's clemency proclamations, Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1968/121, 1971/067, 1971/148, 1972/009, 1975/045, 1975/100, 1977/028, 1977/071, 1978/033, 1979/189, 1980/064, 1981/049, 1981/174, 1982/351, 1983/166, 1985/019, 1985/083, 1985/107, 1986/051, 1987/094, 1988/077, 1989/014, 1992/053, 1996/014, 2003/146, 2007/215, 2009/044, 2011/030
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on June 6, 1968; February 23, 1971; July 19 and September 22, 1971; October 22, 1974; April 25, 1975; October 13 and December 13, 1976; November 18, 1977; and May 17, 1979; and by the Statutory Documents Section of the Texas Secretary of State on December 5, 1979; October 22, 1980; July 3, 1981; August 4, 1982; May 24, 1983; October 15, 1984; March 13, April 18, December 6, 1985; February 12, 1987; January 29 and September 29, 1989; January 23, 1992; October 23, 1995; April 15, 2003; August 29, 2007; and September 29, 2010; and by the Pardons and Paroles Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on October 17, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
Pardon and remission books are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies of the volumes. Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
Lisa M. Hendricks, November 1995
Tony Black, July 2003, August 2007, September 2010
Pardon and remission books, 1870, 1874-1913
Governors Edmund J. Davis and Richard Coke
Reel Volume
3485 91A January 24-April 2, 1870 and November 24, 1874-May 11, 1876
[First part of reel is Executive record book: Proclamations, 1908-1917]
Governor Richard Coke
Reel Volume
3486 91 January 22-November 18, 1874
Governors Richard Coke, Richard B. Hubbard, Oran M. Roberts, and John Ireland
Reel Volume
3486 92 May 9, 1876-April 2, 1885
Governor John Ireland
Reel Volume
3487 291 May 3, 1883-September 6, 1886
[Last part of reel is Reward register, 1883-1888]
Governors John Ireland and L. Sullivan Ross
Reel Volume
3488 292 September 6, 1886-April 25, 1889
Governor L. Sullivan Ross
Reel Volume
3491 295 April 27, 1889-January 3, 1891
[First part of reel is Reward proclamations, 1901-1938]
Governors L. Sullivan Ross and James S. Hogg
Reel Volume
3492 296 January 3, 1891-December 14, 1892
Governor James S. Hogg
Reel Volume
3492 297 December 14, 1892-April 9, 1894
Governors James S. Hogg and Charles A. Culberson
Reel Volume
3493 298 April 10, 1894-February 18, 1896
[Last part of reel is Department of State letterbook, 1836-1841]
Governor Charles A. Culberson
Reel Volume
3489 299 February 18, 1896-August 11, 1897
Governors Charles A. Culberson and Joseph D. Sayers
Reel Volume
3489 300 August 23, 1897-April 1, 1899
Governor Joseph D. Sayers
Reel Volume
3490 301 April 5, 1899-September 22, 1900
[Last part of reel is Rewards register, 1889-1907]
Volume Volume
4-20/687 302 Proclamations # 5904-6593, 1900-1902
Volume Volume
4-20/688 303 Proclamations # 6594-7066, 1902-1903
Governor S.W.T. Lanham
Volume Volume
4-20/689 304 Proclamations # 7067-7695, 1903-1904
Volume Volume
4-20/690 305 Proclamations # 7696-9231, 1904-1906
Governors S.W.T. Lanham and Thomas M. Campbell
Volume Volume
4-20/691 306 Proclamations # 9232-9867, 1906-1909
Governor Thomas M. Campbell
Volume Volume
4-20/692 307 Proclamations # 9868-10505, 1909-1911
Governor Oscar Branch Colquitt
Volume Volume
4-20/693 308 Proclamations # 10506-11018, 1911-1912
Volume Volume
4-20/694 309 Proclamations # 11019-11647, 1912-1913
Volume Volume
4-20/694A 310 Proclamations # 11648-11748, 1913
Governors' proclamations on microfilm: Group I, 1917-1943
[Includes those pertaining to remissions of sentences, revocations of conditional pardons, reductions of sentences, declarations of holidays, etc.]
Governor James E. Ferguson
Reel Volume
1612 2 Proclamation # 357-420, 1917-1919
[not indexed]
Governor W. P. Hobby
Reel Volume
1612 2 Proclamation # 421-807, 1917-1919
[not indexed]
3 Proclamation # 808-1167, 1919-1921
[not indexed]
Governor Pat Neff
Reel Volume
1612 4 Proclamation # 1-360, 1921-1924
Reel Volume
1613 4 Proclamation # 361-490, 1921-1924
5 Proclamation # 491-658, 1924-1925
Governor Miriam A. Ferguson, 1924-1928
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1613 5 Proclamation # 1-414, 1924-1925
6 Proclamation # 415-1084, 1925-1927
7 Proclamation # 1085-1119, 1927-1928
Governor Dan Moody
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1613 7 Proclamation # 1120-1269, 1927-1928
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1614 7 Proclamation # 1270-1600, 1927-1928
8 Proclamation # 1601-3000, 1928
9 Proclamation # 3001-3500, 1928
10 Proclamation # 3501-3939, 1928-1929
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1615 10 Proclamation # 3940-4000, 1928-1929
11 Proclamation # 4001-5500, 1929
12 Proclamation # 5501-6000, 1929-1930
13 Proclamation # 6001-6500, 1930
14 Proclamation # 6501-6524, 1930
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1616 14 Proclamation # 6525-7000, 1930
15 Proclamation # 7001-7500, 1930
16 Proclamation # 7501-7732, 1930
Governor R. S. Sterling
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1616 16 Proclamation # 7733-8000, 1931
17 Proclamation # 8001-8340, 1930-1931
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1617 17 Proclamation # 8341-8600, 1930-1931
18 Proclamation # 8601-10,000, 1930-1931
19 Proclamation # 10,001-10600, 1932
20 Proclamation # 10,601-11,029, 1932
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1618 20 Proclamation # 11,030-11,100, 1932
21 Proclamation # 11,101-13,315, 1932
Governor M. A. Ferguson, 1933-1934
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1618 21 Proclamation # 13,320-13,500, 1933
22 Proclamation # 13,401-14,200, 1933-1934
23 Proclamation # 14,201-14,546, 1934
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1619 23 Proclamation # 14,547-14,800, 1934
24 Proclamation # 14,801-14,965, 1934
Governor James V. Allred
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1619 24 Proclamation # 14,966-16,350, 1935
25 Proclamation # 16,351-16,950, 1935-1936
26 Proclamation # 16,951-17,050, 1936-1937
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1620 26 Proclamation # 17,051-17,550, 1936-1937
27 Proclamation # 17,551-18,150, 1937-1938
28 Proclamation # 18,151-18,750, 1938
29 Proclamation # 18,751-18,847, 1938
Governor W. Lee O'Daniel
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1620 29 Proclamation # 18,848-18,920, 1939
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1621 29 Proclamation # 18,921-19,350, 1939
30 Proclamation # 19,351-19,950, 1939
31 Proclamation # 19,951-20,010, 1939-1940
32 Proclamation # 100-1690, 1940-1941
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1622 32 Proclamation # 1691-2199, 1940
33 Proclamation # 2200-2799, 1941
34 Proclamation # 2800-3063, 1941
Governor Coke R. Stevenson
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1622 34 Proclamation # 3064-3399, 1941
35 Proclamation # 3400-3497, 1941-1942
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1623 35 Proclamation # 3499-3999, 1941-1942
36 Proclamation # 4000-4599, 1942
37 Proclamation # 4600-5259, 1942-1943
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1624 37 Proclamation # 5260-5299, 1942-1943
38 Proclamation # 5300-5999, 1942-1943
39 Proclamation # 6000-6699, 1942-1943
40 Proclamation # 6700-7040, 1942-1943
Reel Volume
1625 40 Proclamation # 7041-8209, 1942-1943
Governors' proclamations of full and conditional pardons on microfilm: Group II, 1913-1988
Governor O. B. Colquitt
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1625 311 Proclamation # 11749-12143, 1913-1914
312 Proclamation # 12143-12535, 1914
313 Proclamation # 12536-12600, 1914
Reel Volume
1626 313 Proclamation # 12601-12777, 1914
Governor J. E. Ferguson
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1626 313 Proclamation # 12778-12890, 1915
314 Proclamation # 12891-13565, 1915
315 Proclamation # 13566-14090, 1916
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1627 315 Proclamation # 14091-14170, 1916
316 Proclamation # 14171-14771, 1916-1917
317 Proclamation # 14772-15299, 1917
318 Proclamation # 15300-15440, 1917
Governor W. P. Hobby
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1627 318 Proclamation # 15441-15524, 1918
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1628 318 Proclamation # 15525-15851, 1918
319 Proclamation # 15852-16466, 1918-1919
320 Proclamation # 16467-17100, 1919-1920
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1629 320 Proclamation # 17101-17167, 1919-1920
321 Proclamation # 17168-17487, 1920
Governor Pat Neff
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1629 321 Proclamation # 17488-17866, 1923
322 Proclamation # 17867-18151, 1924
[not indexed]
Governor M. A. Ferguson, 1925-1927
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1629 322 Proclamation # 18151a-18239, 1925
[not indexed]
323 Proclamation # 18240-18529, 1925
[not indexed]
324 Proclamation # 18530-18627, 1925
[not indexed]
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1630 324 Proclamation # 18628-18864, 1925
[not indexed]
325 Proclamation # 18865-19341, 1925-1926
326 Proclamation # 19342-19948, 1925-1926
327 Proclamation # 19949-20017, 1926-1927
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1631 327 Proclamation # 20018-20614, 1926-1927
Governor Dan Moody
Reel Volume
1631 328 Proclamation # 20618-21090, 1927-1929
329 Proclamation # 21041-21275, 1930
Governor R. S. Sterling
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1631 329 Proclamation # 21276-21600, 1931
330 Proclamation # 21601-21765, 1931
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1632 330 Proclamation # 21766-22100, 1931
331 Proclamation # 22101-22600, 1932
332 Proclamation # 22601-23100, 1932
333 Proclamation # 23101-23599, 1932-1933
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1633 333 Proclamation # 23600-23668, 1932-1933
Governor M. A. Ferguson, 1933-1934
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1633 334 Proclamation # 23669-24299, 1933
335 Proclamation # 24300-25000, 1933-1934
336 Proclamation # 25001-25399, 1934
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1634 336 Proclamation # 25400-25700, 1934
337 Proclamation # 25701-26400, 1934
338 Proclamation # 26401-27100, 1934
Governor James V. Allred
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1634 339 Proclamation # 27101-27290, 1935
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1635 339 Proclamation # 27291-27800, 1935
340 Proclamation # 27801-28399, 1936
341 Proclamation # 28400-28999, 1935-1936
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1636 342 Proclamation # 29000-29599, 1936
343 Proclamation # 29600-30199, 1936-1937
344 Proclamation # 30200-30799, 1937
345 Proclamation # 30800-30829, 1937-1938
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1637 345 Proclamation # 30830-31399, 1937-1938
346 Proclamation # 31400-31999, 1938-1939
347 Proclamation # 32000-32039, 1939
Governor W. Lee O'Daniel
Reel Volume
1637 348 Proclamation # 32040-32599, 1939
348 Proclamation # 32600-32619, 1939
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1638 348 Proclamation # 32620-33199, 1939
349 Proclamation # 33200-33799, 1939-1940
350 Proclamation # 33800-34399a, 1940
351 Proclamation # 34400-34449, 1940
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1639 351 Proclamation # 34500-34999, 1940
352 Proclamation # 35000-35599, 1940-1941
353 Proclamation # 35600-36199, 1941
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1640 354 Proclamation # 36200-36364, 1941
Governor Coke R. Stevenson
Reel Volume
1640 354 Proclamation # 36365-36799, 1941
355 Proclamation # 36801-37399, 1941-1942
356 Proclamation # 37400-37999, 1942
357 Proclamation # 38000-38089, 1942-1943
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1641 357 Proclamation # 38090-38699, 1942-1943
358 Proclamation # 38700-39399, 1942-1943
359 Proclamation # 39400-39859, 1942-1943
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1642 359 Proclamation # 39860-40476, 1942-1943
360 Proclamation # 37-1 thru 37-699, 1943
361 Proclamation # 37-700 thru 37-699, 1943
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1643 361 Proclamation # 37-1280 thru 37-1399, 1943
362 Proclamation # 37-1400 thru 37-2099, 1943-1944
363 Proclamation # 37-2100 thru 37-2799, 1944
364 Proclamation # 37-2800 thru 37-3039, 1944
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1644 364 Proclamation # 37-3040 thru 37-3499, 1944
365 Proclamation # 37-3500 thru 37-5099, 1945
366 Proclamation # 37-5100 thru 37-5769, 1944-1945
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1645 367 Proclamation # 37-5770 thru 37-5799, 1944
368 Proclamation # 37-8000 thru 37-8799, 1945
369 Proclamation # 37-7200 thru 37-7729, 1944-1945
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1646 369 Proclamation # 37-7730 thru 37-7999, 1944-1945
370 Proclamation # 37-8000 thru 37-8799, 1945
371 Proclamation # 37-8800 thru 37-9599, 1945
372 Proclamation # 37-9600 thru 37-9629, 1945
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1647 372 Proclamation # 37-9630 thru 38-0399, 1945
373 Proclamation # 38-0400 thru 38-1199, 1945
374 Proclamation # 38-1200 thru 38-1439, 1945-1946
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1648 374 Proclamation # 38-1440 thru 38-1999, 1945-1946
375 Proclamation # 38-2000 thru 38-2799, 1946
376 Proclamation # 38-2800 thru 38-5139, 1946
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1649 376 Proclamation # 38-3350 thru 38-3599, 1946
377 Proclamation # 38-3600 thru 38-4399, 1946
378 Proclamation # 38-4400 thru 38-5139, 1946-1947
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1650 378 Proclamation # 38-5140 thru 38-5199, 1946-1947
379 Proclamation # 38-5200 thru 38-5267, 1947
Governor Beauford H. Jester
Reel Volume
1650 379 Proclamation # 38-5368 thru 38-5999, 1947
380 Proclamation # 38-6000 thru 38-6799, 1947
381 Proclamation # 38-8400 thru 38-7019, 1948
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1651 381 Proclamation # 38-7020 thru 38-7599, 1947-1948
382 Proclamation # 38-7600 thru 38-8399, 1948
383 Proclamation # 38-8400 thru 38-8819, 1948
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1652 383 Proclamation # 38-8820 thru 38-9199, 1948
384 Proclamation # 38-9200 thru 38-9999, 1948-1949
385 Proclamation # 39-0001 thru 39-0759, 1949
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1653 385 Proclamation # 39-0760 thru 39-0799, 1949
386 Proclamation # 39-0800 thru 39-1099, 1949
Governor Allan Shivers
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1653 386 Proclamation # 39-1200 thru 39-1599, 1949
387 Proclamation # 39-1600 thru 39-2399, 1949
388 Proclamation # 39-2400 thru 39-2532, 1949-1950
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1654 388 Proclamation # 39-2533 thru 39-3199, 1949-1950
389 Proclamation # 39-3200 thru 39-3999, 1950
390 Proclamation # 39-4000 thru 39-4399, 1950
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1655 390 Proclamation # 39-4400 thru 39-5799, 1950
391 Proclamation # 39-5800 thru 39-6599, 1950
392 Proclamation # 39-6600 thru 39-7179, 1950-1951
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1656 392 Proclamation # 39-7180 thru 39-7399, 1950-1951
393 Proclamation # 39-7400 thru 39-8199, 1951
394 Proclamation # 39-8200 thru 39-8999, 1951
395 Proclamation # 39-9000 thru 39-9029, 1951
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1657 395 Proclamation # 39-9030 thru 39-9799, 1951
396 Proclamation # 39-9800 thru 40-0599, 1951-1952
397 Proclamation # 40-0600 thru 40-0779, 1951-1952
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1658 397 Proclamation # 40-0780 thru 40-1399, 1952
398 Proclamation # 40-1400 thru 40-2199, 1952
399 Proclamation # 40-2200 thru 40-2639, 1952
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1659 399 Proclamation # 40-2640 thru 40-2999, 1952
400 Proclamation # 40-3000 thru 40-3799, 1952-1953
401 Proclamation # 40-3800 thru 40-4359, 1953
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1660 401 Proclamation # 40-4360 thru 40-4599, 1953
402 Proclamation # 40-4600 thru 40-5399, 1953-1954
403 Proclamation # 40-5400 thru 40-6199, 1954
404 Proclamation # 40-6200 thru 40-6209, 1954
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1661 404 Proclamation # 40-6210 thru 40-8599, 1954
405 Proclamation # 40-7000 thru 40-7799, 1954-1955
406 Proclamation # 40-7800 thru 40-7879, 1955
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1662 406 Proclamation # 40-7880 thru 40-8599, 1955
407 Proclamation # 40-8600 thru 40-9552, 1955
408 Proclamation # 55-0001 thru 55-0219, 1955
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1663 408 Proclamation # 55-0220 thru 55-0799, 1955
409 Proclamation # 55-0800 thru 55-1176, 1955
409 Proclamation # 56-0001 thru 56-0299, 1956
410 Proclamation # 56-0300 thru 56-0809, 1956
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1664 410 Proclamation # 56-0810 thru 56-0999, 1956
411 Proclamation # 56-1000 thru 56-1699 [?], 1956
412 Proclamation # 56-1700 thru 56-2338, 1956
Governor Price Daniel
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1664 413 Proclamation # 57-0001 thru 57-0289, 1956
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1665 413 Proclamation # 57-0290 thru 57-0799, 1957
414 Proclamation # 57-0800 thru 57-1499, 1957
415 Proclamation # 57-1500 thru 57-1899, 1957
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1666 416 Proclamation # 58-0001 thru 58-0699, 1958
417 Proclamation # 58-0700 thru 58-1399, 1958
418 Proclamation # 58-1400 thru 58-1779, 1958
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1667 418 Proclamation # 58-1780 thru 58-1999, 1958
419 Proclamation # 58-2000 thru 58-2599, 1958
420 Proclamation # 58-2600 thru 58-2939, 1958
421 Proclamation # 59-0001 thru 59-0589, 1959
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1668 421 Proclamation # 59-0590 thru 59-0699, 1959
422 Proclamation # 59-0700 thru 59-1399, 1959
423 Proclamation # 59-1400 thru 59-2099, 1959
424 Proclamation # 59-2100 thru 59-2379, 1959
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1669 424 Proclamation # 59-2380 thru 59-2799, 1959
425 Proclamation # 59-2800 thru 59-3190, 1959
426 Proclamation # 60-0001 thru 60-0699, 1960
427 Proclamation # 60-0700 thru 60-979, 1960
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1670 427 Proclamation # 60-0980 thru 60-1399, 1960
428 Proclamation # 60-1400 thru 60-2099, 1960
429 Proclamation # 60-2100 thru 60-2749, 1960
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1671 429 Proclamation # 60-2750 thru 60-2799, 1960
430 Proclamation # 60-2800 thru 60-3499, 1960
431 Proclamation # 60-3500 thru 60-4106, 1960
432 Proclamation # 61-0001 thru 61-0395, 1961
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1672 432 Proclamation # 61-0396 thru 61-0699, 1961
433 Proclamation # 61-0700 thru 61-1400, 1961
434 Proclamation # 61-1401 thru 61-2100, 1961
435 Proclamation # 61-2101 thru 61-2140, 1961
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1673 435 Proclamation # 61-2141 thru 61-2800, 1961
436 Proclamation # 61-2801 thru 61-3499, 1961
437 Proclamation # 61-3500 thru 61-3869, 1961
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1674 437 Proclamation # 61-3870 thru 61-4099, 1961
438 Proclamation # 61-4100 thru 62-0415, 1961-1962
439 Proclamation # 62-0416 thru 62-1000, 1962
440 Proclamation # 62-1001 thru 62-1259, 1962
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1675 440 Proclamation # 62-1260 thru 62-1700, 1962
441 Proclamation # 62-1701 thru 62-2500, 1962
442 Proclamation # 62-2501 thru 62-2969, 1962
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1676 442 Proclamation # 62-2970 thru 62-3450, 1962
Governor John Connally
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1676 443 Proclamation # 62-3451 thru 62-4288, 1962
444 Proclamation # 63-0001 thru 63-0439, 1963
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1677 444 Proclamation # 63-0440 thru 63-0800, 1963
445 Proclamation # 63-0801 thru 63-1600, 1963
446 Proclamation # 63-1601 thru 63-2199, 1963
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1678 446 Proclamation # 63-2200 thru 63-2300, 1964
447 Proclamation # 63-2301 thru 63-2900, 1964
448 Proclamation # 63-2901 thru 63-3500, 1964
449 Proclamation # 63-3501 thru 63-3989, 1964
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1679 449 Proclamation # 63-3900 thru 63-4100, 1964
450 Proclamation # 63-4101 thru 63-4722, 1964-1965
451 Proclamation # 64-0001 thru 64-0600, 1964-1965
452 Proclamation # 64-0601 thru 64-0999, 1964-1965
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1680 452 Proclamation # 64-1000 thru 64-1200, 1964-1965
453 Proclamation # 64-1201 thru 64-1800, 1964-1965
454 Proclamation # 64-1801 thru 64-2400, 1964
455 Proclamation # 64-2401 thru 64-2779, 1965
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1681 455 Proclamation # 64-2780 thru 64-3000, 1965
456 Proclamation # 64-3001 thru 64-3600, 1965
457 Proclamation # 64-3601 thru 64-4200, 1965
458 Proclamation # 64-4201 thru 64-4524, 1965
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1682 458 Proclamation # 64-4525 thru 64-4600, 1965
459 Proclamation # 64-4601 thru 64-5042, 1965
460 Proclamation # 65-0001 thru 65-0600, 1965
461 Proclamation # 65-0601 thru 65-1200, 1965
462 Proclamation # 65-1201 thru 65-1239, 1965
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1683 462 Proclamation # 65-1240 thru 65-1800, 1965
463 Proclamation # 65-1801 thru 65-2400, 1965
464 Proclamation # 65-2401 thru 65-2960, 1965
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1684 464 Proclamation # 65-2961 thru 65-3000, 1965
465 Proclamation # 65-3001 thru 65-3600, 1965
466 Proclamation # 65-3601 thru 65-4067, 1965
467 Proclamation # 66-0001 thru 66-0550, 1966
468 Proclamation # 66-0551 thru 66-0640, 1966
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1685 468 Proclamation # 66-0641 thru 66-1100, 1966
469 Proclamation # 66-1101 thru 66-1800, 1966
470 Proclamation # 66-1801 thru 66-2369, 1966
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1686 470 Proclamation # 66-2370 thru 66-2400, 1966
471 Proclamation # 66-2401 thru 66-3000, 1966
472 Proclamation # 66-3001 thru 66-3680, 1966
473 Proclamation # 67-0001 thru 67-0439, 1967
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1687 473 Proclamation # 67-0440 thru 67-0500, 1967
474 Proclamation # 67-0501 thru 67-1000, 1967
475 Proclamation # 67-1001 thru 67-1500, 1967
476 Proclamation # 67-1501 thru 67-2000, 1967
477 Proclamation # 67-2001 thru 67-2600, 1967
478 Proclamation # 67-2601 thru 67-3202, 1967
479 Proclamation # thru 68-0001 thru 68-0500, 1968
480 Proclamation # 68-0501 thru 68-1000, 1968
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1688 481 Proclamation # 68-1001 thru 68-1500, 1968
482 Proclamation # 68-1501 thru 68-2000, 1968
483 Proclamation # 68-2001 thru 68-2500, 1968
484 Proclamation # 68-2501 thru 68-3000, 1968
485 Proclamation # 68-3001 thru 68-3462, 1968
Governor Preston Smith
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1688 486 Proclamation # 69-0001 thru 69-0500, 1969
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1689 487 Proclamation # 69-0501 thru 69-1000, 1969
488 Proclamation # 69-1001 thru 69-1500, 1969
489 Proclamation # 69-1501 thru 69-2000, 1969
490 Proclamation # 69-2001 thru 69-2400, 1969
491 Proclamation # 69-2401 thru 69-2900, 1969
492 Proclamation # 69-2901 thru 69-3400, 1969
493 Proclamation # 69-3401 thru 69-3707, 1969
494 Proclamation # 70-0001 thru 70-0500, 1969
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1693 495 Proclamation # 70-0501 thru 70-1000, 1970
496 Proclamation # 70-1001 thru 70-1500, 1970
497 Proclamation # 70-1501 thru 70-1900, 1970
498 Proclamation # 70-1901 thru 70-2400, 1970
499 Proclamation # 70-2401 thru 70-2900, 1970
500 Proclamation # 70-2901 thru 70-3400, 1970
501 Proclamation # 70-3401 thru 70-3690, 1970
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1694 502 Proclamation # 71-0001 thru 71-0500, 1971
503 Proclamation # 71-0501 thru 71-1000, 1971
504 Proclamation # 71-1001 thru 71-1500, 1971
505 Proclamation # 71-1501 thru 71-2100, 1971
506 Proclamation # 71-2101 thru 71-2700, 1971
507 Proclamation # 71-2701 thru 71-3200, 1971
508 Proclamation # 71-3201 thru 71-3669 (and retake of 70-2084), 1971
Reel Volume
1695 509 Proclamation # 71-3668 thru 71-3946, 1971
510 Proclamation # 72-0001 thru 72-0400, 1972
511 Proclamation # 72-0401 thru 72-0800, 1972
512 Proclamation # 72-0801 thru 72-1200, 1972
513 Proclamation # 72-1201 thru 72-1600, 1972
514 Proclamation # 72-1601 thru 72-2000, 1972
515 Proclamation # 72-2001 thru 72-2400, 1972
516 Proclamation # 72-2401 thru 72-2800, 1972
517 Proclamation # 72-2801 thru 72-2866 [?], 1972
Reel Volume
1696 517 Proclamation # 72-2865 [?] thru 72-3100, 1972
518 Proclamation # 72-3101 thru 72-3500, 1972
519 Proclamation # 72-3501 thru 72-4000, 1972
520 Proclamation # 72-4001 thru 72-4500, 1972
521 Proclamation # 72-4501 thru 72-5000, 1972
522 Proclamation # 72-5001 thru 72-5300, 1972
523 Proclamation # 72-5301 thru 72-5604, 1972
Governor Dolph Briscoe
Reel Volume
1696 524 Proclamation # 73-0001 thru 73-0500, 1973
525 Proclamation # 73-0501 thru 73-0921, 1973
Reel Volume
1697 525 Proclamation # 73-0922 thru 73-1000, 1973
526 Proclamation # 73-1001 thru 73-1500, 1973
527 Proclamation # 73-1501 thru 73-2000, 1973
528 Proclamation # 73-2001 thru 73-2500, 1973
529 Proclamation # 73-2501 thru 73-3000, 1973
530 Proclamation # 73-3001 thru 73-3500, 1973
531 Proclamation # 73-3501 thru 73-4000, 1973
532 Proclamation # 73-4001 thru 73-4500 (and retake of 71-0145 and 0146), 1973
Reel Volume
1698 533 Proclamation # 73-4501 thru 73-5000, 1973
534 Proclamation # 73-5001 thru 73-5261, 1973
535 Proclamation # 74-0001 thru 74-0500, 1974
536 Proclamation # 74-0501 thru 74-1000, 1974
537 Proclamation # 74-1001 thru 74-1500, 1974
538 Proclamation # 74-1501 thru 74-2000, 1974
539 Proclamation # 74-2001 thru 74-2500, 1974
540 Proclamation # 74-2501 thru 74-3000, 1974
Reel Volume
1699 541 Proclamation # 74-3001 thru 74-3500, 1974
542 Proclamation # 74-3501 thru 74-4000, 1974
543 Proclamation # 74-4001 thru 74-4500, 1974
544 Proclamation # 74-4501 thru 74-5000, 1974
545 Proclamation # 74-5001 thru 74-5500, 1974
546 Proclamation # 74-5501 thru 74-6000, 1974
547 Proclamation # 74-6001 thru 74-6500, 1974
548 Proclamation # 74-6501 thru 74-6778, 1974
Reel
1700 Proclamation # 75-0001 thru 75-3306, 1975
Reel
1701 Proclamation # 75-3307 thru 75-6607, 1975
Reel
1702 Proclamation # 75-6608 thru 76-2000, 1975-1976
Reel
1703 Proclamation # 76-2001 thru 76-3500, 1976
Reel
1704 Proclamation # 76-3501 thru 76-6700, 1976
Reel
1705 Proclamation # 76-6701 thru 76-7173, 1976
Reel
1706 Proclamation # 77-0001 thru 77-3500, 1977
Reel
1707 Proclamation # 77-3501 thru 77-6200, 1977
Reel
3208 Proclamation # 77-6201 thru 77-8926, 1977
Reel
3245 Proclamation # 78-0001 thru 78-3100, 1978
Reel
3246 Proclamation # 78-3101 thru 78-6500, 1978
Reel
3247 Proclamation # 78-6501 thru 78-7723, 1978
Governor William P. Clements, 1979-1982
Reel
3248 Proclamation # 79-0001 thru 79-3568, 1979
Reel
3249 Proclamation # 79-3569 thru 79-4500, 1979
Reel
3292 Proclamation # 79-4501 thru 79-8239, 1979
Reel
3293 Proclamation # 79-8240 thru 79-4434, 1979
Reel
3364 Proclamation # 80-0001 thru 80-3000, 1980
Reel
3365 Proclamation # 80-3001 thru 80-4200, 1980
Reel
3366 Proclamation # 80-4201 thru 80-7400, 1980
Reel
3367 Proclamation # 80-7401 thru 80-10600, 1980
Reel
3368 Proclamation # 80-10601 thru 81-02700, 1980-1981
Reel
3369 Proclamation # 81-02701 thru 81-05939, 1981
Reel
3370 Proclamation # 81-05940 thru 81-07800, 1981
Reel
3371 Proclamation # 81-07801 thru 81-10466, 1981
Reel
3372 Proclamation # 81-10467 thru 81-12700, 1981
Reel
3373 Proclamation # 81-12701 thru 81-13900, 1981
Reel Volume
3398 112-GCP Proclamation # 82-00001 thru 82-02000, 1982
Reel Volume
3399 113-GCP Proclamation # 82-02001 thru 82-04100, 1982
Reel Volume
3400 114-GCP Proclamation # 82-04101 thru 82-06200, 1982
Reel Volume
3401 115-GCP Proclamation # 82-06201 thru 82-08500, 1982
Reel Volume
3402 116-GCP Proclamation # 82-08501 thru 82-10500, 1982
Reel Volume
3403 117-GCP Proclamation # 82-10501 thru 82-12400, 1982
Reel Volume
3404 118-GCP Proclamation # 82-12401 thru 82-14119, 1982
Reel Volume
3405 119-GCP Proclamation # 82-14120 thru 82-15588, 1982
Reel Volume
3406 120-GCP Proclamation # 82-15589 thru 82-17148, 1982
Governor Mark White
Reel Volume
3423 121-GCP Proclamation # 83-00001 thru 83-02400, 1983
Reel Volume
3424 122-GCP Proclamation # 83-02401 thru 83-04643, 1983
Reel Volume
3425 123-GCP Proclamation # 83-04644 thru 83-06925, 1983
Reel Volume
3426 124-GCP Proclamation # 83-06926 thru 83-09220, 1983
Reel Volume
3427 125-GCP Proclamation # 83-09221 thru 83-11500, 1983
Reel Volume
3428 126-GCP Proclamation # 83-11501 thru 83-14200, 1983
Reel Volume
3429 127-GCP Proclamation # 83-14201 thru 83-17147, 1983
Reel Volume
3430 128-GCP Proclamation # 83-17148 thru 83-19700, 1983
Reel Volume
3431 129-GCP Proclamation # 83-19701 thru 83-48000, 1983
Reel Volume
3432 130-GCP Proclamation # 83-48001 thru 84-03900, 1983-1984
Reel Volume
3433 131-GCP Proclamation # 84-08501 thru 84-13300, 1984
Reel Volume
3434 132-GCP Proclamation # 84-13301 thru 84-17000, 1984
Reel Volume
3435 133-GCP Proclamation # 84-17001 thru 84-19151, 1984
Reel Volume
3440 135-GCP Proclamation # 85-00001 thru 85-02400, 1985
Reel Volume
3441 136-GCP Proclamation # 85-02401 thru 85-04800, 1985
Reel Volume
3442 137-GCP Proclamation # 85-04801 thru 85-07200, 1985
Reel Volume
3443 138-GCP Proclamation # 85-07201 thru 85-09500, 1985
Reel Volume
3444 139-GCP Proclamation # 85-09501 thru 85-11900, 1985
Reel Volume
3445 140-GCP Proclamation # 85-11901 thru 85-14300, 1985
Reel Volume
3446 141-GCP Proclamation # 85-14301 thru 85-16700, 1985
Reel Volume
3447 142-GCP Proclamation # 85-16701 thru 85-19100, 1985
Reel Volume
3448 143-GCP Proclamation # 85-19101 thru 85-21700, 1985
Reel Volume
3449 144-GCP Proclamation # 85-21701 thru 85-24137, 1985
Reel Volume
3452 145-GCP Proclamation # 86-00001 thru 86-03800, 1986
Reel Volume
3453 146-GCP Proclamation # 86-03801 thru 86-07700, 1986
Reel Volume
3454 147-GCP Proclamation # 86-07701 thru 86-10900, 1986
Reel Volume
3455 148-GCP Proclamation # 86-10901 thru 86-14100, 1986
Reel Volume
3456 149-GCP Proclamation # 86-14101 thru 86-17300, 1986
Reel Volume
3457 150-GCP Proclamation # 86-17301 thru 86-18200, 1986
Reel Volume
3458 151-GCP Proclamation # 86-18201 thru 86-22300, 1986
Reel Volume
3459 152-GCP Proclamation # 86-22301 thru 86-26700, 1986
Reel Volume
3460 153-GCP Proclamation # 86-26701 thru 86-31200, 1986
Governor William P. Clements, 1987
Reel Volume
3461 154-GCP Proclamation # 87-00001 thru 87-02666, 1987
Reel Volume
3462 155-GCP Proclamation # 87-02667 thru 87-06751, 1987
Reel Volume
3463 156-GCP Proclamation # 87-06752 thru 87-08400 and 87-13701 thru 87-15946, 1987
Reel Volume
3464 156A-GCP Proclamation # 87-08401 thru 87-11100, 1987
Reel Volume
3465 157-GCP Proclamation # 87-11101 thru 87-13700 and 87-15947 thru 87-16500, 1987
Reel Volume
3466 158-GCP Proclamation # 87-16501 thru 87-20020, 1987
Reel Volume
3467 159-GCP Proclamation # 87-20021 thru 87-23546, 1987
Reel Volume
3468 160-GCP Proclamation # 87-23547 thru 87-27459, 1987
Reel Volume
3469 161-GCP Proclamation # 87-27460 thru 87-32186, 1987
Reel Volume
3470 162-GCP Proclamation # 87-32187 thru 87-33625, 1987
Reel Volume
3471 1-GCP Letters, July 1983-January 1988
Governor's clemency proclamations, 1988-2006
Governor William P. Clements, Second term
Box Volume
1996/014-1 992
Proclamation # 88-29301 thru 88-29323
[88-29324 thru 88-29343 not used]
Proclamation # 88-29344 thru 88-29400
[88-29401 thru 88-34787 used for Parole and Mandatory Supervision Certificates]
[88-34788 thru 88-34800 not used]
[88-29801 thru 88-34947 used for Parole and Mandatory Supervision Certificates]
[88-34948 thru 88-35000 not used]
[88-35001 thru 88-35053 used for Parole and Mandatory Supervision Certificates]
993 Proclamation # 89-00001 thru 89-00013, 1989
994 Proclamation # 90-00001 thru 90-00011, 1990
Governor Ann W. Richards
Box Volume
1996/014-1 995 Proclamation # 91-00001 thru 91-00034, 1991
996 Proclamation # 92-00001 thru 92-00016, 1992
997 Proclamation # 93-00001 thru 93-00007, 1993
998 Proclamation # 94-00001 thru 94-00009, 1994
999 Proclamation # 95-00001 thru 95-00005, 1995
Governor George W. Bush
Box Volume
1996/014-1 999 Proclamation # 95-00006 thru 95-00013, 1995
1000 Proclamation # 96-00001 thru 96-00004, 1996
1001 Proclamation # 96-00005, 1996
1001 Proclamation # 97-00001 thru 97-00004, 1997
1002 Proclamation # 99-00001, 1999
1003 Proclamation # 2000-00001 thru 2000-00007, 2000
Governor Rick Perry
Box Volume
1996/014-2 1004 Proclamation # 2001-00001, 2001
1004 Proclamation # 2001-00002, 2001
1005 Proclamation # 2002-00001 thru 2002-00003, 2002
1006 Proclamation # 2002-00004 thru 2002-00014, 2002
1007 Proclamation # 2003-00001 thru 2003-00063, 2003
1007 Proclamation # 2003-00039, 2003
1008 Proclamation # 2004-00001 thru 2004-00011, 2004
1009 Proclamation # 2005-00001 thru 2005-00030, 2005
[missing 2005-00005 and 00013]
1010 Proclamation # 2005-00031 thru 2005-00044, 2005
1011 Proclamation # 2006-00001 thru 2006-00002, 2006
1012 Proclamation # 2006-00003, 2006
Proclamation # 2006-00004 thru 2006-00018, 2006
Proclamation # 2007-00001 thru 2006-00016, 2007
Proclamation # 2008-00001 thru 2006-00008, 2008
Proclamation # 2009-00001, 2009



 

Indexes to clemency proclamations, 1846-1970,
3.96 cubic ft., 3 reels of microfilm

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Between 1946 and 1960, the Parole Division of the Texas Secretary of State maintained records and prepared all clemency proclamations issued by the governor. This series consists of indexes to clemency proclamations created by the office of the Texas Secretary of State (formatted as five volumes, four boxes, and three reels of microfilm), dating 1846-1970.
Three volumes are general indexes to pardons and remissions of fines, dating 1846-1945. The information included in these indexes includes the following: number of pardon, name of convict, county of conviction, date pardoned, book, and page. Columns for pardon number are blank until about 1913; book and page are left blank after Book 321 (1923).
Another two volumes are alphabetical indexes to paroles, remissions, and commutations, 1945-1954, providing name, date, proclamation number, and county of conviction (1994/133-1 and 2).
There are four boxes of loose paper indexes to microfilmed Governor's [clemency] proclamations, 1913-1966, which give only name and number.
Finally, there are three reels of 16 mm microfilm containing alphabetical name indexes to Governors' proclamations dating 1965-1970.
General indexes to pardons and remissions of fines were created to provide general access to pardon proclamations (giving either book and page numbers, or pardon number, or both). The indexes also give very basic information about each convict pardoned, including county of conviction and date pardoned.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff first of all in chronological groups of varying length; within each grouping, the entries are arranged alphabetically by first letter of last name of pardoned convicts, and therein numerically (which is also chronologically).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Indexes to clemency proclamations, Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1965/100, 1977/028, 1994/133
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on February 25, 1966; December 13, 1976; and August 4, 1994.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 2003
General indexes to pardons and remissions of fines, 1846-1945
Volume
2-1/274 #1: Index to Books 275 thru 305, October 1846-December 1906
Volume
2-1/273 #2: Index to Books 306 thru 321, also #11,700s-#29,800s, December 1906-January 1937
Volume
2-1/269 #3: Index to #29,800s-#40,400s and #37-1 thru #37-9999, January 1937-July 19, 1945
General indexes to paroles, remissions, and commutations, 1945-1954
Volume
1994/133-1 1945-1951
Volume
1994/133-2 1952-1954
Indexes to Governor's [clemency] proclamations on microfilm, 1913-1966
Box
2-13/283 Index to vols. 4-40, 1921-1943
Index to vols. 311-321, 1913-1923
Index to vols. 325-347, 1925-1939
Box
2-13/284 Index to vols. 348-417, 1939-1958
Box
2-13/285 Index to vols. 418-459, 1958-1965
Box
2-13/286 Index to vols. 460-472, 1965-1966
Alphabetical name indexes to Governors' proclamations, 1965-1970
Reel
1690 Abalos, Joe Hernandez thru Zamora, Ricardo (Proclamation # 65-1264 thru 67-1316, Volumes 462 thru 475), 1965-1967
Reel
1691 Aaron, Samuel thru Zilka, Anthony (Proclamation # 67-1722 thru 69-2083, Volumes 476 thru 490), 1967-1969
Reel
1692 Aaron, Elmer thru Zapata, Domingo (Proclamation # 69-2407 thru 70-3642, Volumes 491 thru 501), 1969-1970



 

Applications for pardons, 1840, 1845-1938, bulk 1880-1900,
76.25 cubic ft.

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Since 1869, the governor was required to file, in the office of the Secretary of State, his reasons for granting executive clemency. Applications for pardons were created to request executive clemency from the Governor, and were maintained by the office of the Secretary of State to document the reasons for such clemency.
These records contain correspondence, petitions, court records, certificates of conduct, and proclamations. They comprise applications for pardons, and also applications for other forms of executive clemency, including commutation of sentence, citizenship restoration, or remission of fines and forfeitures. All requests were organized as individual case files. Dates covered are 1840, 1845-1938 (the bulk of the records dating 1880-1900). Types of records found in the applications include correspondence, petitions, and court records such as indictments and transcripts. Occasionally, there are actual proclamations from the governor granting a pardon or restoring citizenship. The correspondence and petitions asking for clemency, normally addressed to the governor, usually came from the citizens of the convict's home area, and many times even the judge and/or jury who sentenced the convict signed a petition. Some case files include certificates of prison conduct which are the records of prison behavior used by the governor to evaluate a clemency request. A certificate lists the name of the convict, the crime, and the sentence being served and also provides personal information such as physical description, race, marital status, education, and occupation.
Access to these records is by means of an alphabetical index card file in the Texas State Archives search room.
Arrangement
The bulk of these records have been arranged by State Archives staff alphabetically by name of the applicant. Miscellaneous pardon records are filed after the main group of records, arranged by type of record and then alphabetically. Finally, there are three groups of stray files (representing three chronological periods), each arranged alphabetically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Applications for pardons, Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1962/218, 1962/235, 1963/154, 1963/159, 1963/183, 1965/010, 1985/083, 2007/046
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on July 19 and August 25, 1963; April 14, April 16, and May 11, 1964; September 23, 1965 (the card index); March 13, 1985; and October 26, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, medical records (Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(d)), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Medical records are confidential for 100 years and then are available for historical research purposes.
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Laura Saegert, August 1988, August 2001, January 2002 [strays]
Tonia Wood, February 1991, February 1996 [strays]
Tony Black, June 2003, October 2006
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2-9/300 Aaron, A. E. - Adams, William
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2-9/301 Adamson, C. L. - Alexander, Matt
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2-9/302 Alfew, Moses - Anderson, Ella
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2-9/303 Anderson, Fox - Arambula, Juan
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2-9/304 Arbuckle, Frank - August, Henry
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2-9/305 Augustine, David - Baker, Oscar
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2-9/306 Baker, Will - Barber, Robert
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2-9/307 Barfield, A. - Bearce, Manuel
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2-9/308 Beard, Stonewall - Bell, Bob
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2-9/309 Bell, D. A. - Benson, T. B.
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2-9/310 Benson, W. F. - Black, Carl
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2-9/311 Black, Charley - Boaz, Alvin
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2-9/312 Brockman, Frank - Boutwell, F. A.
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2-9/313 Bowden, J. M. - Brains, Clarence
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2-9/314 Branbuck, C. O. - Brewer, Grady
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2-9/315 Brewer, Sackfield - Briscoe, J. J.
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2-9/316 Brite, C. H. - Brown, D. J.
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2-9/317 Brown, D. M. - Brown, W. R.
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2-9/318 Brown, Wallace - Buckley, J. E.
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2-9/319 Buddington, A. J. - Burns, James R.
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2-9/320 Burns, Jim - Byrne, Joseph
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2-9/321 Cabiness, Henry - Candle, John
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2-9/322 Cane, Bob - Carney, William
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2-9/323 Carodine, John - Cason, John
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2-9/324 Casper, George - Chancey, Brinkley
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2-9/325 Chancy, Irvin - Chisum, F. R.
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2-9/326 Chorte, George - Clem, Clarence
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2-9/327 Cline, John T. - Cobb, W. R.
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2-9/328 Coble, Andrew - Collins, H. R.
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2-9/329 Collins, Hart - Congreve, John L.
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2-9/330 Conley, Scott - Coons, W. P.
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2-9/331 Cooper, Albert - Crane, Val
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2-9/332 Crary, William - Culwell, L. W.
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2-9/333 Cummings, D. - Danley, J. N.
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2-9/334 Darity, George - Davis, Z. T.
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2-9/335 Dawkins, J. T. - Dezell, J. T.
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2-9/336 Dial, John - Dixon, Will
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2-9/337 Dobbins, Carl - Doyle, Warren
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2-9/338 Dozier, A. T. - Dugger, J. B.
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2-9/339 Duke, B. A. - Dunnagan, Dr. T. M.
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2-9/340 Dupree, Charles - Edgecombe, R.
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2-9/341 Edgeman, Tom - Ellison, Clifton
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2-9/342 Ellison, J. J. - Evans, Tom
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2-9/343 Evers, Louis - Ezzell, James
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2-9/344 Faber, Henry - Files, R. C.
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2-9/345 Findley, Samuel - Flores, Felix
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2-9/346 Flores, Geronimo - Fox, William
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2-9/347 Francis, Bill - Fry, Louis
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2-9/348 Fuhrmann, August - Gamlin, Oscar
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2-9/349 Gandaria, Jose - Gantry, William A.
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2-9/350 George, A. L. - Gerstinkorn, Henry
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2-9/351 Ghent, Sid - Glynn, Martin
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2-9/352 Goats, Lon - Goodwyn, W. H.
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2-9/353 Gorden, Ed - Green, Henry
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2-9/354 Green, James - Grissom, Jesse
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2-9/355 Grissom, W. L. - Hall, John
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2-9/356 Hall, Newton - Hamilton, R. L.
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2-9/357 Hamilton, Raymond
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2-9/358 Hamilton, Raymond
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2-9/359 Hamilton, Raymond
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2-9/360 Hamilton, Raymond
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2-9/361 Hamilton, Thomas - Hanson, William
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2-9/362 Haralson, H. A. - Harris, E. J.
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2-9/362A Hardin, John Wesley
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2-9/363 Harris, Fayette
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2-9/364 Harris, Fayette
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2-9/365 Harris, Frank - Harris, William Jr.
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2-9/366 Harris, Williamson - Hawkins, Charley
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2-9/367 Hewkins, Henry - Hendricks, B. D.
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2-9/368 Hendricks, Burrell - Hickman, T. J.
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2-9/369 Hicks, Earnest - Hill, John
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2-9/370 Hill, John - Hobbs, W. N.
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2-9/371 Hobby, Barney M. - Hoelzer, Joe D.
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2-9/372 Hoffman, A. L. - Holt, N. H.
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2-9/373 Holway, B. W. - Horseman, Joshua
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2-9/374 Horton, Ernest - Humphreys, J. R.
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2-9/375 Humphries, J. T. - Izen, J.
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2-9/376 Jackman, Thomas - John (a slave)
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2-9/377 Johnson, A. L. - Johnson, Thomas J.
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2-9/378 Johnson, Tom - Justice, James
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2-9/379 Kaehler, A. - Kinneman, J. H.
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2-9/380 Kinnison, O. M. - Krejie, Steve
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2-9/381 Krews, Andrew - Langford, Bill
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2-9/382 Langford, Perry - Leonard, J. S.
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2-9/383 Leonard, Paschal J. - Lewis, Robert
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2-9/384 Lewis, S. S. - Long, John
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2-9/385 Long, William - Luttrell, Chas.
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2-9/386 Lyles, Bruce - McDade, Jack
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2-9/387 McDade, James - McGee, Hutch
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2-9/388 McGee, Joseph - McMillian, Archie
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2-9/389 McMillian, Bert - Mahan, T. J.
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2-9/390 Majors, Chris - Martin, J. M.
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2-9/391 Martin, J. P. - Matley, Joseph T.
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2-9/392 Matlock, Sam - Means, Allie
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2-9/393 Medaris, Marcellus - Miller, J. D.
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2-9/394 Miller, Jake - Mills, Oliver
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2-9/395 Milner, A. J. - Mixon, Simeon
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2-9/396 Mobley, Charles Thomas - Moore, Josh
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2-9/397 Moore, Minter - Morris, W. F.
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2-9/398 Morris, W. S. - Murphy, Thomas
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2-9/399 Murrah, Bob - Ned (a slave)
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2-9/400 Needham, Oscar - Nichols, Harvey
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2-9/401 Nichols, J. C. - Norton, George C.
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2-9/402 Norton, Harry - O'Grady, John
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2-9/403 O'Keefe, Pat - Ozment, John
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2-9/404 Pace, B. R. - Patterson, Charles Sr.
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2-9/405 Patterson, Hugh - Perry, Jim
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2-9/406 Perry, Madison - Phipps, Tom
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2-9/407 Pickard, Aaron - Pitts, John D.
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2-9/408 Pitts, Sam - Poole, Alex W.
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2-9/409 Pope, Henry - Pressler, Otto
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2-9/410 Preston, James - Pyburn, J. P.
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2-9/411 Quarles, Frank - Ray, Louis
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2-9/412 Ray, Philip - Reynolds, Taylor
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2-9/413 Rhinehart, Grant - Riley, Jim
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2-9/414 Riley, Thomas - Robinett, J. H.
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2-9/415 Robinson, A. T. - Rodgers, A. L.
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2-9/416 Rodriguez, Fidel - Royer, George W.
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2-9/417 Rubenstein, Emanuel - Rynerd, John
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2-9/418 St Clair, Lillie - Schroeder, Christian
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2-9/419 Schroeder, Julius - Serio, Alex
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2-9/420 Serna, Bisenta - Sheppard, Archie
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2-9/421 Sherer, James B. - Shultz, W. J.
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2-9/422 Sibley, Sam - Sims, W. H.
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2-9/423 Sinclair, Lee - Smith, Frank
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2-9/424 Smith, Fred - Smith, Norman
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2-9/425 Smith, O. E. - Snow, Thomas
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2-9/426 Soda, B. - Spencer, William
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2-9/427 Spencer, Willie - Stantiford, E. H.
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2-9/428 Stanton, James - Stanton Ed "Pearchmouth"
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2-9/429 Stapp, Arthur - Stewart, Gilbert
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2-9/430 Stewart, Gilbert - Storbeck, R. H.
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2-9/431 Storms, H. L. - Styron, W. W.
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2-9/432 Suchart & Cherry - Sykes, Lem
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2-9/433 Tabor, Henry - Taylor, Henry
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2-9/434 Taylor, J. A. - Telfair, John
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2-9/435 Templeman, T. - Thompson, Henry
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2-9/436 Thompson, Ike - Titus, Jessie
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2-9/437 Tober (a slave) - Treadaway, T. L.
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2-9/438 Treadway, James - Tullis, T. E.
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2-9/439 Tullison, Love - Van, William
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2-9/440 Vance, Charles - Vines, William
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2-9/441 Vining, B. T. - Walker, Jessie
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2-9/442 Walker, John - Washburn, J. A.
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2-9/443 Washington, Archie - Werringer, John
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2-9/444 Wesley, A. P. - Widdows, Jim
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2-9/445 Wier, A. H. - Williams, Asa
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2-9/446 Williams, B. H. - Williams, Lee
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2-9/447 Williams, Lewis - Wilmore, T. N.
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2-9/448 Wilson, Adam - Witterman, L.
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2-9/449 Wofford, T. C. - Wood, P. T.
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2-9/450 Wood, Pleas - Wright, C. C.
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2-9/451 Wright, Claude - Wyres, Joe
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2-9/452 Yabo, Cayatano - Zumwalt, Reuben
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2-9/453 Miscellaneous pardons, 1845-1883
Board of Pardon Advisers [sic], Trial docket, February 1907-September 1908
Cross reference index cards, undated
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2-9/454 Court records:
Statement by Bader, Gottfried about William Nelson and Fritz Vetter, 1876
Testimonies by Cummings, James and others concerning Eugene Murphy, 1884
Trial transcript: Texas vs. Ben Dibrell and George Charity, 1868
Trial transcript: M.G. Hines, 1867
Sworn statement of Holleyman, Perry concerning Carter Harris, 1890
Statement of facts from House, T.W. concerning Wash House, 1873
Transcript of verdict: W.W.Hughes, 1874
Trial transcript: E. Jackson, 1867
Various affidavits about bankruptcy of E. Marx, 1874
Trial transcript: Texas vs. John Moore, 1889
Affidavit of Ortiz, Plutareo concerning Richard Gussett, et al., 1866
Judgement and reward paper: W.A. Posey, 1872
Verdict and resulting petitions concerning Joseph Pankey, 1856
Various statements and records concerning Jim Railsback, 1909
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2-9/455 Transcript of records of William Ramsey, 1862
Statements and verdict concernign J.H. Robinson and P.W. Jobe, 1866
Trial transcript: Charles E. Strahn, 1853
Affidavit of Spivey, J.T. concerning Jim Porter, 1867
Affidavit by Swann, J.J. concerning W.H.H. Holly, 1876
Affidavit of Tumey, T.L. concerning Charles Vance, 1870
Affidavit of Walton, D.A.T. concerning T.J. Holly, 1876
Affidavit by Wilson, H.W. concerning W.H.H. Holly, 1876
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2-9/456 Warrant: Harris, William M., 1874
Indictments:
Asbell, Joe M., 1883
Askey, Milton, 1876
Gilbreath, M.H., 1874
Hambright, James, 1873
Hardin, Wesley C., 1871
Hayes, George, 1878
Holden, Charles, 1875
Holly, T.J. and Holly, W.H.H., 1876
Jackson, Phil, 1883
Johnson, J.H., 1883
Mentho, Jordan, 1875
Moody, Daniel and Alexander, Thomas, 1867
Murphy, Ed, 1872
Murphy, Ed, 1872
Murphy, Ed, 1872
Nail, J.W., 1885
Nelson, Dennis, undated
Nelson, John H., 1875
Norton, C.W., 1881
Parker, Colquett, 1876
Parker, Joseph, 1868
Salazar, Romaldo, 1884
Shultz, Henry, 1853
Tutt, Clement, 1856
Williams, John, 1857
Williams, T.J., 1874
Correspondence:
Abercrombie & Banton, concerning T.W. Reilley, 1871
Allen, C.A., concerning Harry Norton, 1895
Allen, Ebenizer, concerning Lemuel Hill, 1845
Anderson, M.G., concerning Ed Jenkins, 1874
Bell, G.C., concerning Charles Collins and A.L. Garvin, 1868
Bell, T.C., concerning Frank H. Miller, 1869
Campbell, I.K.P., concerning Frank Evans, 1874
Dudley, J.G., conerning Harry Norton, 1895
Gester, R.B., concerning James Johnson, 1868
Gibson, James P., concerning Harry Norton, 1895
Gillespie, James, concerning John McGovern, 1855
Goree, Thomas J., concerning Henry Hays, 1881
Goree, Thomas J., concerning Edward Leatshaw, 1880
Goree, Thomas J., concerning F.X. Haberle, 1881
Hamilton, J.R., concerning M.A. Harper, 1882
Governor Ireland, 1883
Jameson, D.M., concerning J.A. Kellis, 1882
Jones, H.J., 1862
Latmer, F.A., 1880
Leigh, W.B. and Dittmar, A., concerning Louis Sandan, 1873
McCord, A.H., concerning Harry Norton, 1895
McGovern, John, 1855
McKee, James, concerning Charles Collins and A.L. Garvin, 1868
Maris, C.H., concerning William Ellis, 1883
Melton, James, concerning John J. Strickland, 1881
Milam, J.K., concerning Joe Winton, 1876
Mosebach, John S., concerning Ed and John Gelth, 1869
Norton, Harry, 1895
Richardson & Jones, concerning ? Parker, 1887
Thornton, J.J., concerning W.H. Burgess, 1868
Walker, George W., concerning L.P. Alford, 1870
Ward, Dewey & Co., concerning Clara McConnell, 1873
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2-9/457 Petitions:
Cold, Barney (protest to pardon), 1875
Donaldson, Martha (for pardon of), 1870
Gose, John K. (for pardon of), 1881
Gwinn, James (for pardon of), 1861
Hanly, James (for pardon of), 1858
Hardy, Harry (for pardon of), undated
Horan, John (for remission of fine against), 1860
Hawkins, Benjamin (for pardon of), undated
Hayman, London (for pardon of), undated
Henry, a slave (for pardon of), 1851
Hodged, David (for pardon of), 1852
Hoffman, Elizabeth (for pardon of), 1854
Holland, B.F. (for pardon of), 1852
Houseman, James (for pardon of), undated
Jabez, James (for remission of fine against), 1852
Jameson and Cox (for pardon of), 1867
Johnson, Allen (for pardon of), 1857
Johnson, James (for pardon of), 1868
Jones, Willard (for pardon of), 1861
Kelly, Samuel (for pardon of), 1862
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2-9/458 Kirsch, Charles (for pardon of), 1869
Kock, Louis (for pardon of), 1869
Labbaite, Ed A. (for pardon of), 1879
Lane, Washington (for pardon of), 1872
Loya, Manuel and Loya, Victor (for pardon of), 1861
Lyons, William (protest to pardon), 1881
McCann, Peter (for pardon of), 1867
McDuff, James (for pardon of), undated
Marsh, Odediah (for pardon of), 1861
Marshall, George, alias Powell, George (for pardon of), 1867
Potter, Sam (for pardon of), 1860
Provost, Carroll (for pardon of), 1867
Rager, Abraham (for pardon of), 186_
Richardon, Robert (for pardon of), 1840
Robinson, Joel (for pardon of), 1869
Santy, William A. (for pardon of), 1859
Stevenson, William R. (for pardon of), 1861
Stephenson, ? (for pardon of), 1862
Sundenberg, Martin (for pardon of), 1855
Turner, Peter L. (for pardon of), 1853
Turner, Pleasant (for pardon of), 1867
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2007/046-1 Applications for pardons removed from strays collection, 1870-1919:
Alvardo, Gustava, 1918
Davis, Goldie, 1915
Derrett, Hose, 1896
Jones, C.W., 1889
Jones, Calton, 1881
Jones, Charlie, 1891, 1894
Jones, Drew, 1896
Jones, Ed, 1897-1898
Jones, Edward, 1887-1888
Jones, Elmer, 1899
Jones, Ernst, 1898
Jones, F., 1896-1897
Jones, Felix, 1888
Jones, Fred, 1899
Jones, Fred, 1899
Jones, Fred, 1899
Jones, George, 1882
Jones, George, 1898-1899
Jones, George B., 1896-1897
Jones, George J., 1898-1899
Jones, George J., 1899
Jones, George W., 1894
Jones, Green, 1870
Jones, H.J., 1881, 1886
Jones, Henry (Burleson County), 1896
Jones, Henry (Menard County), 1878-1879
Jones, Henry, 1896
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Jones, Henry, 1888, 1896
Merino, Jesus, 1919
Thomas, Henry, 1877
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2007/046-2 Applications for pardons removed from strays collection, 1900-1910:
Emerson, John, 1901-1903
Ewing, Joe, 1907-1909
Freeman, S. T., 1904-1906
Galvan, Simon, 1904-1910
Hunter, F. L., 1900-1906
McFarland, James, 1905-1907
Ornelas, Pablo, 1903-1905
Roberts, E. Z., 1902-1910
Walker, Jimmie (James Jr.), 1904-1906
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2007/046-3 Applications for pardons removed from strays collection, 1911-1938:
Andrews, W. B., 1925
Basquez, Leonardo L., 1919
Bell, John F., 1916-1927
Bennett, J. W., 1912-1916
Christian, Ed, 1913-1914
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Cooper, Loy, 1937
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2007/046-4 Cline, Charles and Rangel, Jesus M., et al., 1920-1926
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2007/046-5 Conatser, Lloyd, 1931-1935
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2007/046-6 Gray, Byron, 1926
Gray, Hollis, Byron, and Preston, 1922-1926
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Gray, Preston, 1925-1926
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2007/046-7 Edwards, Andrew, 1924-1925
Gates, Gus, 1916
Haskins, Vaxter, 1935-1937
Hathaway, George, 1926
Hooferd, Ernest, 1937
Hook, J. C., 1926
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2007/046-8 Meador, A. D., 1925-1926
Morray, Henry, 1913
Pickett, George, 1925
Redden, Oscar, 1911
Ross, G. A., 1937
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2007/046-9 Smith, Marshall R., 1930-1931
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2007/046-10 Thompson, J. E., 1926
Torres, Antonio B., 1925
Utrey, Robert L., 1925
Vaughn, Willie, 1926
Washington, G. W., 1925
Watts, Ellen, 1926
Weaver, John, 1924-1927
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Williams, Jessie, 1938
Miscellaneous pardon applications



 

Registers of applications for pardons, 1887-1891, 1915-1940,
2.68 cubic ft.

One of the constitutional duties of the Texas Secretary of State is to register all official acts and proceedings of the governor, including proclamations. Applications for pardons were created to request executive clemency from the Governor, and were maintained by the office of the Secretary of State to document the reasons for such clemency. Pardon registers were created to keep track of pardon applications, and the indexes provided with each register serve to provide access to the applications, matching up the applicant's name with a number. The registers/indexes also give very basic information about each convict applying for a pardon, including name, county, offense, punishment, conviction date, and final action (including date of such).
This series consists of six volumes, all maintained by the office of the Texas Secretary of State, which are registers of applications for pardons and remissions of fines and forfeitures, dating 1887-1891 and 1915-1940. Information included in these pardon registers includes number, name, county, offense, and punishment; each register is followed by an alphabetical index, which includes name, number, conviction date, and final action--for example "pardon granted,""conditional pardon granted,""pardon revoked,""remission granted" (including date of such). Thus a researcher can get from the name and the pardon information (in the second part of each register) to the conviction information (in the first part of each register). The volumes are usually--and misleadingly--labeled on the spine "Pardon Record, Executive Office." If the final action column is blank, the assumption may be that the clemency was not granted. There are over 47,600 pardon applications documented in these registers.
Arrangement
These volumes are listed by State Archives staff roughly chronologically. Within each volume the entries are arranged (as they were created) numerically by what appears to be a pardon number (which is also chronological). Each register contains an alphabetical index.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Registers of applications for pardons, Texas Secretary of State executive clemency records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1990/134
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Pardons and Paroles Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on April 30, 1990; and by the Secretary of State on unknown dates.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 2003
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2-1/81 Register of applicants for pardons and remissions, 1887-1891
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1990/134-6 Pardons, 1915-1921
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2-1/264 Pardon record, January 1921-May 1928
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2-1/265 Pardon record, June 1928-May 1935
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2-1/266 Pardon record, June 1934-March 1940
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2-1/267 Register of applicants for pardons and remissions of fines, 1939