Part 9, Note 8
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Tenth Census of the United States (1880), Schedule 1, Colorado County, Texas; Ninth Census of the United States (1870), Schedule 1, Colorado County, Texas; James L. Rock and W. I. Smith, Southern and Western Texas Guide for 1878 (St. Louis: A. H. Granger, 1878), p. 211; Laura Jack Irvine, "Sketch of Colorado County," American Sketch Book, vol. 7, 1882, or the more convenient reprint in Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, January 1998, pp. 45-46; Colorado Citizen, June 1, 1876, June 15, 1876, March 13, 1879. As we have seen, Ziegler was appointed justice of the peace in 1868 and held the office by election in 1869 and 1873. The Constitution of 1876, however, redefined the office, diminishing it in importance. Ziegler won election as one of the original "1876-type" justices of the peace and was reelected every two years until 1898, serving 22 years. Counting his years as the earlier type of JP, he held the title continuously for just over 30 years.