L.S. Lawhon

Leonidas Socrates Lawhon

Full Name: Leonidas Socrates Lawhon
Date of birth: July 16, 1833
Date of death: August 13, 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 (1835-1902). Born 7/16/1835 in Georgia; died 8/10/1902 in Gonzales County, Texas. 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 . . . " Death date 8/13/1902. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant, Company K, 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Col. Pyron), L.S. Lawhorn ("also borne as L.S. Lawhon," according to War Department memo). Leonidas Socrates Lawhon, death date 8/18/1902 on application, widow Victoria V. Lawhon, marriage date 9/4/1896 in Wilson County, Texas. Pension File No. 34496, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Includes memorial resolutions of the Wilson County Bar and the U.C.V. Wilson County Camp No. 225 for the Hon. L.S. Lawhon, death date 8/13/1902; and witness affidavit of W.A. Spencer noting L.S. Lawhon's service in the State Senate. Ancestry.com.
  • L.S. Lawhorn, Confederate States Army, 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (2nd Mounted Rifles), Company K, rank in 2nd Lieutenant, rank out 1st Lieutenant. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

Other Resources

  • Leonedas S. Lawhon, marriage to Arianna E. Lawhon 2/28/1859 in Talbot County, Georgia.
    Census of 1850 - L.S. Lawhon, Karnes City, Karnes County, age 27, born circa 1833 in Georgia, lawyer, living in household with Anna Lawhon.
    Census of 1870 - L.S. Lawhorne, Helena post office, Karnes County, age 37, born circa 1833 in Georgia, lawyer, living in household with Ann E. Lawhorne and children Luten A. and C.M. Lawhorne.
    L.S. Lawhon, marriage to Victoria V. Nicholson 9/4/1895 in Wilson County, Texas.
    Census of 1900 - L.H. Lawhon, Floresville, Wilson County, age 68, born July 1832 in Georgia, attorney at law; wife Victoria, married 5 years, daughter Rosa Anna. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1900 Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • L.S. Lawhon, birth date 7/16/1833, death date 8/13/1902, burial in Floresville City Cemetery, Wilson County. 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

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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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