Bennett Blake Papers
- Event: Donated in 1963
- Blake, Bennett (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
4.00 Cubic Feet
Biographical or Historical Information
Blake entered upon a distinguished career in public service shortly after his arrival in Texas. He was first elected justice of the peace in 1838 and reelected until, by 1850, he had served some ten years in that office. Thereafter, he became chief justice of Nacogdoches County, an office he held for twelve years.
Blake fought in the Texas Revolution. He also served under Gen. Thomas J. Rusk in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1839 and engaged in a second Cherokee expedition in 1841. He was elected to the state legislature in 1862, and he became one of the Texas delegates to the Congress of the Confederate States of America, where he served during 1863-64. After the Reconstruction period, voters chose him to represent them at the Constitutional Convention of 1875, where at age sixty-six he was the second oldest delegate.
Judge Blake was a Democrat and Mason. He died in Nacogdoches County on March 1, 1896, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
("BLAKE, BENNETT." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online. Accessed Fri Nov 14 2003.)
The remainder of the collections consists of 48 items that are described in 11 folders and housed in one oversize box and one oversize bundle.
The colletion is organized at the folder and item levels.
- Guide to the Bennett Blake Papers
- 3/2020: Moved oversize materials out of their original folders and into the oversize box and bundle. Kyle Ainsworth