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Davis, Bird B. (ca. 1827–unknown)

Paul M. Lucko Biography Entry

Bird B. Davis, who represented Wharton County at the Constitutional Convention of 1875, was born into slavery in North Carolina around 1827. He arrived in Texas in 1858 and was married at the time of the convention, where he was one of four black delegates.

Merline Pitre, Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: The Black Leadership of Texas, 1868–1900 (Austin: Eakin, 1985). Walsh and Pilgrim's Directory of the Officers and Members of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, A.D. 1875, and the State Officers of the State of Texas (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1875).


  • Peoples
  • African Americans
  • Politics and Government

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Paul M. Lucko, “Davis, Bird B.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 25, 2020,

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