Guy, Bedford G. (ca. 1841–unknown)

By: Paul M. Lucko

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

Updated: October 27, 2020

Bedford G. Guy, who represented Washington County in the Texas House of Representatives during the Sixteenth Legislature, was born a slave in Virginia about 1841. He was a widower with two children by 1880. He won election to the legislature in 1878 as a member of the Greenback party and served on the Federal Relations Committee in the House. While in the legislature, Guy expressed interest in state assistance for deaf and blind Black children. He was likely the son of a White father and a Black mother. He was a resident of William Penn in Washington County. The 1880 federal census report described him as a farmworker who could not read or write.

J. Mason Brewer, Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants (Dallas: Mathis, 1935; 2d ed., Austin: Jenkins, 1970). Merline Pitre, Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: The Black Leadership of Texas, 1868–1900 (Austin: Eakin, 1985).

  • Peoples
  • African Americans
  • Politics and Government

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Paul M. Lucko, “Guy, Bedford G.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995
October 27, 2020

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