Robert Bean, farmer, stock raiser, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas, on April 20, 1839, the son of William and Elizabeth Caroline (Reeves) Bean. The Bean family immigrated to Texas in 1845, locating in Grayson County before settling near Gainesville, Cooke County, in the spring of 1851. Bean was raised here and, following the outbreak of the Civil War, volunteered for service in the Confederate Army. As a member of Company B of the Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment, Bean served in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He saw action at the battles of Pea Ridge, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. Bean earned periodic promotions and was elected lieutenant on May 8, 1862. In March of 1864 he was reported absent without leave and was dismissed from the service on August 1. Robert Bean returned to Cooke County for a time before relocating to Montague County in 1869. Here he was a farmer and stock raiser as well as an active participant in the public affairs of the community. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Twenty-two—comprised of Grayson, Cooke, Montague, Clay, Wichita, Wilbarger, Hardeman, Archer, Baylor, and Knox counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. Around this time—in 1872 or 1873—Bean married Sarah Worley. This couple had one son and one daughter. Following his turn at public service Bean resumed his farming activities in Montague County. He resided here until 1901 at which time he returned to Gainesville, Cooke County. His first wife may have died sometime earlier as he was listed in the early 1900s as being married to the widowed S. E. (Moore) Sharp. Bean died in Cooke County on July 30, 1911. He was a Mason.
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IGI Individual Record: "Robert Bean" (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed August 3, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: State of Texas Press, 1939). Buckley B. Paddock, ed., A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, Volume II (Chicago: Lewis, 1906).
Fourteenth Legislature (1874-1875)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Aragorn Storm Miller,
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 20, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
March 24, 2008