RUMP SENATE. The term Rump Senate is applied to the fifteen Radical Republican members of the Twelfth Texas Legislature. In the spring of 1870 the introduction of the militia bill, which provided for discretionary power of the governor in declaring martial law, caused a fight in the Senate. The fifteen radicals were for the bill; thirteen Democrats and three conservatives were opposed. Thirteen of the opponents withdrew from the Senate to prevent the presence of a quorum and so to prevent passage of the bill. The radicals then had their opponents arrested and excluded all but four of them from their seats. The four were necessary for a quorum with which the Rump Senate passed such measures as the militia bill, a law establishing the State Police, and an act increasing the appointive power of the governor. The conservative members were held under arrest some three weeks while the Rump Senate passed the radical legislation.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Rump Senate," accessed October 27, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mkr01.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.