Buckley, Constantine W. (1815–1865)

By: Stephen L. Hardin

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Constantine W. Buckley, businessman, attorney, and public official, was born in Surrey County, North Carolina, on January 22, 1815. He moved to Georgia in 1828 and worked as a store clerk until 1834, when he opened his own mercantile establishment, in Columbus. He lost this business in the panic of 1837. He moved destitute to Texas early in 1838, settled in Houston, and served as a clerk in the State Department until September 1839. Under the tutelage of Attorney General John Birdsall Buckley studied law. In November 1839 he was admitted to the Texas bar and established his practice. He married in 1840 and had two sons and a daughter. In 1847 James Pinckney Henderson appointed him judge of the Seventh Judicial District. He was elected to that position in 1852 but resigned in 1854 to return to private practice and farming. By this time his first wife had apparently died, for he married Mrs. Ann R. Nibbs in 1852. In 1857 Buckley was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from Austin and Fort Bend counties. The next year he was defeated in his bid for the post of associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He was reelected to the legislature in 1859 and served as chairman of the judicial committee. He drowned in the Brazos River near Columbia on December 19, 1865.

William DeRyee and R. E. Moore, The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephen L. Hardin, “Buckley, Constantine W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/buckley-constantine-w.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994

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