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MEDLOCK, DAVID (ca. 1824–?). David Medlock, who represented Limestone, Falls, and McLennan counties in the Twelfth Texas Legislature, was born in Georgia around 1824 and moved to Texas about 1846. A slave preacher and farmer, Medlock was owned by Limestone County plantation operator Logan Stroud until the end of slavery. During Reconstruction Medlock won election to the Texas House of Representatives for the Twelfth Legislature, which met in 1870, and served on the Federal Relations Committee. He sponsored a bill that incorporated his hometown, Springfield, and sought the return of taxes to Limestone County for the building of a jail. He also joined the Radical Republican Association, organized to support Governor Edmund J. Davis's vetoes of railroad development bills. According to the 1870 federal census, Medlock was married to a woman named Eloy and was the father of eight children. He was classified as a laborer and owned property valued at about $280.


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Paul M. Lucko


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Paul M. Lucko, "MEDLOCK, DAVID," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed January 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.