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Leonidas Socrates Lawhon

Full Name: Leonidas Socrates Lawhon
Date of birth: July 16, 1835
Date of death: August 10, 1902

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 22 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th (1) (2)   Democrat Floresville / Wilson   Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
S 22 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd (3)   Democrat Floresville / Wilson   Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Frio, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, Victoria, Wilson
H 24 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th   Democrat Helena / Karnes   Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria

(1) "Floresville notes," 8/7/1896. Ed Linn is "candidate for the state senate to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. L.S. Lawhon." Galveston Daily News.
(2) 24th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) 23rd Legislature - All 31 Senators are listed in Roll Call on First Day, 1/10/1893, p. 1; resolution by Sen. Cranford that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/11/1893, p. 5; drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1893 January 11, 1893

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • LAWHON, LEONIDAS SOCRATES. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Obituary, "Judge L.S. Lawhon Fell Dead: He Was a Widely Known Lawyer of Southwest Texas," The Houston Daily Post, 8/15/1902. "Judge L.S. Lawson, the oldest member of the Floresville bar . . . moved to Floresville about 1884 and has since resided here, practicing his profession. He was a member of the Thirteenth legislature in the lower house and in 1892 and 1894 was elected as State senator from this district . . . " Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • L.S. Lawhon, birth date 7/16/1833, death date 8/13/1902, burial in Floresville City Cemetery, Wilson County. Includes biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • "Kleberg's Opponent: L.A. Lawhon the Populist Nominee for Congressional Honors," 3/26/1896; "Candidates for Congress," 3/30/1896. Father was the "Hon. L.S. Lawhon, state senator from this district." Galveston Daily News.
  • Leonidas S. Lawhon. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • "State Senator Lawhon tenders his resignation to make way for his son, who is a populist," "Wrenched from the Wires," 5/16/1896. San Antonio Daily Light.
  • "Pioneer Texan and Prominent Member of Old Trail Drivers Dies Suddenly; Luther A. Lawhon . . . ," 1/7/1922. "His father also was prominent in State politics, being a State Senator from the Floresville district for many years." San Antonio Evening News.
  • "In Memoriam: Noted Texas Stockmen," 10/23/1938, p. 12. The late Luther A. Lawhon, born 1861, died 1922 (son of L.S. Lawhon). San Antonio Light.
  • Leonidas S. Lawhon, Karnes County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
  • 23rd Legislature (1893) - L.L. Lawhon, postoffice Floresville, nativity Georgia, lawyer, member of previous Legislatures: 14th, Democrat, age 59 in 1893. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. L.S. Lawhon, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. L.S. Lawhon, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.S. Lawhon, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

24th R.S. - 1895
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Frontier Protection  
General Land Office  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
Mining and Irrigation  
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections  
State Affairs  
Stock and Stock Raising (Chair) 
23rd R.S. - 1893
Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
Judiciary No. 2  
Mining and Irrigation  
Public Health  
Public Lands  
Stock and Stockraising (Chair) 
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Office  
14th R.S. - 1874
Agriculture and Stock Raising  
Claims and Accounts  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Mexican Border Troubles  
Removal of Judge Henry Maney, 22nd Judicial District  
Removal of Judge J.J. Thornton, 24th Judicial District  
Removal of Judge Martin Wheeler, 5th Judicial District  
Removal of Judge S.B. Newcomb, 25th Judicial District  

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