1st Gregg County Election
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First Gregg County Election

On motion of Mr. Harris, it was resolved to designate one place in each Precinct as a place of registration and the following were selected. In Precinct No. 1, Longview. In Precinct No. 2, at Walker's Store. In Precinct No. 3, at Davenport's Mill. In Precinct No. 4, at Welborne's Store. In Precinct No. 5, at Gladewater."

The Commissioners further ordered and had entered of Record in Book A, page 5, Minutes of the County Court of Gregg County, the holding of an election for County officials, and the location of the County Seat. The order reads:

"On motion of Mr. Buttrill, it was resolved to hold an election at Longview for County Officers, and location of County Seat, to commence Wednesday, June 25, and continue four days."

The election returns show, Book A, Page 9, minutes County Court:

FOR COUNTY SEAT

Longview..........................524 votes
Awalt................................125 votes

FOR DISTRICT CLERK

T. A. Harris...................  1 vote
R. B. Levy......................394 votes
F. R. DeLoach...............256 votes
S. May.............................  7 votes

FOR SHERIFF

T. A. Flewellen..............  7 votes
M. L. Durham...............195 votes
A. A. Killingsworth...... 50 votes
D. W. Adrain.................132 votes
A. M. Barnes.................. 27 votes
J. T. Smith...................... 50 votes
A. B. Rucker................... 41 votes
P. S. Harris.....................161 votes

FOR TREASURER

B. Buttrill........................263 votes
S. F. Walker...................202 votes
J. P. Holloway................ 79 votes
S. A. Mobley................... 92 votes
William Fisher................  9 votes

FOR SURVEYOR

A. S. Taylor....................498 votes

FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1

T. D. Campbell...............267 votes
J. F. Witherspoon...........250 votes
F. S. Smith.......................102 votes

FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2

J. M. Sparkman...............356 votes
Jasper Rodden...................205 votes

FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRINCINCT 3

John W. Lawrence............314 votes
P. Baker...............................229 votes

FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4

A. B. Tankersley...........182 votes
W. H. Payne..................428 votes

FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5

W. P. Victory...............606 votes

The candidates who received the highest number of votes were elected.

The judges who held the election were:

W. L. Welborne
H. G. Williams
John Page
F. L. Whaley

Clerks were:

Jesse Hoskins
J. A. Maddox

The town of Longview, having received the majority of all the votes cast at said election for the County Seat of Gregg County, it was declared selected.

The Commissioners appointed to organize the County, again met on July 21, 1873
and approved the bonds of the County officers as made and filed, Book A, Pages 13-14, namely:

"R. B. Levy, clerk of District Court, July 11, 1873 at 11:00 A.M., M. L. Durham, Sheriff, July 19, 1873, at 3 1/2 o'clock P.M., B. Buttrill, County Treasurer, July 19, 1873 at 3:25 o'clock P.M."

The Constitution of the 1869 in force at the time of the creation of the County in 1873 provided only for the election of a District Clerk of the Counties who was to perform all duties of a clerk and Recorder. The county Clerk, for a County, additional to a Districk Clerk, was provided for in the Constitution of 1876, Section 20 of Article 5.
 

This information was found as a loose page in a folder, donated by John Ben Shepperd to the Gladewater Library.
 


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