The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Athens, Texas
including Alfred
Mayors, Postmasters

Mayors of Athens, 1953 (may be incomplete!)
Charles F. Jones as of 1953

Postmasters at Athens, 1850-1984 (may be incomplete!)
Eli L. Smith 1850-52 John Ledbetter 1852 Cyrus B. Meredith 1852 James M. Trimble 1852-53 Ephraim M. Gray 1853-54 John Collins 1854-55 Ethelred J. Thompson 1855-60 Thomas F. Murchison 1860-65 R. W. H. Jordan 1865-66 Jeff E. Thompson 1866 Marion J. Vaughan 1866-68 Winfield B. Stirman 1868-70 James H. Skinner 1870-71 Jeff E. Thompson 1871-73 Edward Lord, Jr. 1873-74 George R. Evans 1874-75 James H. Skinner 1875-85 Thomas M. Matthews 1885-89 Thomas Bradshaw 1889 John G. Stewart 1889-93 Thomas M. Matthews 1893-97 Charles K. Miller 1897-1905 William A. Hawn 1905-14 Benjamin M. Richardson 1914-18 Alice Richardson 1918-19 Ambrose B. Culbertson 1919-23 Ernest E. Cornelius 1923 Ernest E. Cornelius 1923-33 Edgar L. Watson 1933-34 Edgar L. Watson 1934-53 Edgar M. Jackson 1953-54 Edgar M. Jackson 1954-56 Gwynn A. Boswell 1956-58 Gwynn A. Boswell 1958-59 Merle Royse Walker II 1959-62 Robert E. Baccus 1962-64 Robert E. Baccus 1964-84

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1918 Dec 14: Benjamin M. Richardson, died in office.

    (now Athens)

    Postmasters at Alfred, 1848-50 (may be incomplete!)
    A. F. Mallard 1848-50 Eli L. Smith 1850

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