Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast Records at the Texas State Archives, 1921



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast.
Title: House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast records
Dates: 1921
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast was created in 1921 to investigate charges that the newly elected Representative Henry J. Neinast from Washington County was ineligible to serve and should not be seated because he had pled guilty in 1919 to a federal charge of conspiracy and obstruction of the selective service laws during World War I. Records of the committee include minutes of committee proceedings, exhibit copies of legal documents, a copy of the resolution, transcript of testimony, and subpoenas with cover correspondence and telegrams, dating 1921.
Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast was created by a Simple Resolution of the 37th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, introduced and adopted by the House of Representatives on January 13, 1921. The resolution charged that the newly elected Representative Henry J. Neinast from Washington County was ineligible to serve and should not be seated because he had pled guilty in 1919 to a federal charge of conspiracy and obstruction of the selective service laws during World War I. The committee of seven members was formed upon passage of the resolution to investigate these charges and to determine if Neinast should be seated as a member of the 37th Legislature.

The committee held hearings in late January 1921, subpoenaed witnesses and documents, and received testimony from Neinast and Washington County officials and residents about the guilty plea, Neinast's activities, and claims of his disloyalty. The committee confirmed that Neinast had pled guilty to the federal charge and then had to decide if this was a misdemeanor or a felony and if it barred Neinast, legally or otherwise, from serving in the House.

After conducting its investigation, the committee agreed with most of the resolution's charges and recommended that Neinast not be seated as the representative from Washington County. The House adopted the committee's report by a vote of 114 to 13, expelled Neinast, and declared his seat vacant. Sam D.W. Low, who had been representative for Washington County in the 33rd through 35th Legislatures, succeeded Neinast to the position.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material; and the Texas Legislative Reference Library web site, accessed March 2012.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast was created in 1921 to investigate charges that the newly elected Representative Henry J. Neinast from Washington County was ineligible to serve and should not be seated because he had pled guilty in 1919 to a federal charge of conspiracy and obstruction of the selective service laws during World War I. Records of the committee include minutes of committee proceedings, exhibit copies of legal documents, a copy of the resolution, transcript of testimony, and subpoenas with cover correspondence and telegrams, dating 1921.

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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in roughly chronological order within record type by State Archives staff.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Neinast, Henry J., b. 1868-
Subjects:
Draft registration.
Places:
Texas--Governmental investigations.
Washington County (Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Legal documents--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Legislative records--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Minutes--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Subpoenas--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Transcripts--Texas--Governmental investigations--1921.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.
Investigating state officials.

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
None.
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 37th Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1921.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast records, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1988/062

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency during the 20th century. An accession number was assigned on January 20, 1988.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Paul Beck, January 1988

Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, March 2012


Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Charges Against Representative H.J. Neinast records, 1921,
0.2 cubic ft.

Box
1988/062 Minutes, exhibits, resolution
Transcript of testimony
Subpoenas