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HORD, EDWARD R.

HORD, EDWARD R. (ca. 1827–?). Edward R. Hord, legislator and army officer, was born in Virginia about 1827. He moved to the Rio Grande valley of Texas in 1846 and enlisted for service in the Mexican War on July 21 of that year at Matamoros, Tamaulipas, as a private in McGray's company, Texas Mounted Volunteers. He was mustered out on July 17, 1847. Hord commanded the Brownsville Company in José M. J. Carbajal's "Liberating Army of Mexico" during the Merchants War of 1850 and participated in the battle at Matamoros in October of that year. He held the rank of captain in that filibuster force. Hord was a lawyer. He represented Starr County in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Texas legislatures (1851–56). He served in the House in his first two terms, and in the Senate in his third. He was elected a delegate to the Secession Convention of 1861 from Starr County. In March 1861 he declined a commission as a major in the Texas militia. However, by December 1863 Hord held the rank of colonel in John S. Ford's Cavalry of the West. He campaigned for a district judgeship in the spring of 1861, an office that was vacated by Edmund J. Davis when he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. During the Tenth Legislature (1863–64), where Hord represented Cameron County in the Senate, he introduced the first resolution denouncing Reconstruction in October 1864.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Claude Elliott, "Union Sentiment in Texas, 1861–1865," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 50 (April 1947). John S. Ford, Rip Ford's Texas, ed. Stephen B. Oates (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1963). Llerena Friend, ed., "Still in Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 72 (October 1968). Ralph A. Wooster, "An Analysis of the Membership of the Texas Secession Convention," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 62 (January 1959).

J. L. Bryan

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J. L. Bryan, "HORD, EDWARD R.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhoyt), accessed August 02, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.