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Research Center: Reorganization of the Texas Rangers in 1835
Laws and Regulations Pertaining to the Organization of the Texas Rangers
Reorganization of the Texas Rangers in 1835
Thirty-one citizens of Tejas, with grievances against the government of of Antonio López de Santa Anna, held a "Consultation" from November 1-13, 1835. Meeting
at the village of San Felipe de Austin, near modern-day Sealy, Texas, they
laid the groundwork for a provisional government in the event that a
political solution was not possible.
Discussions of frontier defense were one of the first points of business.
Between November 1st and 9th, delegates debated the composition and
patrol area of a corps of Rangers among other business. The number of
Rangers was first set at 25 men, then 35, and finally 150.
This organization of the Texas Rangers under the Republic of Texas
was fixed in the Organic Law of November 13, 1835.
The Organic Law ultimately served as the preliminary constitution of
the provisional Texas government.
Article 9 of the Organic Law
Consultation of 1835
Settlement of San Felipe de Austin
Mina Municipality, Province of Coahuila and Texas
There shall be a corps of Rangers under the command of
a major, to consist of one hundred and fifty men, to be divided into
three or more detachments, and which shall compose a battalion under
the commander-in-chief, when in the field.