BAYLOR, Robert Emmett Bledsoe

1793–1874

Biography

BAYLOR, Robert Emmett Bledsoe, (nephew of Jesse Bledsoe), a Representative from Alabama; born in Lincoln County, Ky., May 10, 1793; served in the War of 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the Kentucky house of representatives in 1819, but resigned and moved to Alabama in 1820, continuing the practice of law; studied theology, was licensed to preach, and was ordained to the Baptist ministry; member of the Alabama house of representatives in 1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress; commanded an Alabama regiment during the Creek War; moved to Texas in 1839; elected judge of the district and supreme courts of the Republic; member of the convention that framed the State constitution of Texas in 1845; district judge for twenty-five years; one of the founders of Baylor University at Independence, Tex. (now located at Waco, Tex.), and Baylor Female College at Belton, Tex.; professor of law in Baylor University; died at Gay Hill, Washington County, Tex., on January 6, 1874; interment in the Baylor University grounds; later the remains were removed to the campus of Baylor Female College at Belton, Tex.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Baylor University
The Texas Collection

Waco, TX
Papers: ca. 1812-1981, 1.35 linear feet. The Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor Papers are a collection of personal correspondence, legal documents, reminiscences, and biographical sketches pertaining to Judge Baylor and his illustrious career as an educator, judge, and Baptist. The chronology of the collection ranges from a letter sent by Baylor’ s father Walker in 1812 to biographical essays on Baylor from 1981.

Sam Houston State University
Newton Gresham Library

Huntsville, TX
Papers: In the Texas jurists collection, 1837-1881, 1 box. Persons represented include R. E. B. Baylor.
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