W.T. Smith

William T. Smith

Full Name: William T. "Bill" Smith
Date of birth: February 25, 1842
Date of death: January 19, 1904

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 13 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1)   Democrat Mount Pleasant / Titus   Franklin, Titus
H 13 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (2) (3) (4) (5)   Democrat Mount Vernon / Titus   Franklin, Titus

(1) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(2) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Mount Vernon [Franklin County], Titus County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) Mount Vernon [Franklin County], Titus County. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituaries, "Capt. W.T. Smith," The Macon Telegraph, 1/20/1904, p. 2. Known as "Capt. Bill Smith of Gwinnett" County, Georgia; member of Texas and Georgia Legislatures.
    "Captain W.T. Smith, Buford, Ga.," The Atlanta Constitution, 1/22/1904, p. 6. "After the close of the civil war Captain Smith lived for several years in Texas, returning to this county and settling at this place in 1882. He was twice elected to the legislature while in Texas and since returning to this state has been twice a member of the house and once a member of the senate."
    "Letters from the People: The Late Hon. W.T. Smith," The Atlanta Constitution, 1/28/1904, p. 4. Death date 1/19/1904 in Buford, Georgia; served two terms in the Texas Legislature. Newspapers.com.
  • Biographical sketch, W.T. Smith, p. 255. Born 2/25/1842 in Georgia, moved to Texas in May 1866 and located in Titus County. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Captain, commanded company in the 42nd Regiment, Georgia Volunteers. Obituaries, The Atlanta Constitution, 1/22/1904, p. 6, and 1/28/1904, p. 4. Newspapers.com.
  • Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 16th Georgia Volunteers. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.

Other Resources

  • William T. Smith, marriage to Mary J. Jones 10/27/1865 in DeKalb County, Georgia.
    Census of 1880 - William T. Smith, Titus County, age 38, born circa 1842 in Georgia, dealer in general merchandise, wife Mary J.
    Census of 1900 - William Smith, Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia, born February 1842 in Georgia, wife Mollie (married 35 years). FamilySearch. 1880 1900 Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950
  • W.T. Smith, birth date 2/25/1842, death date 1/19/1904, burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Includes obituary, "Captain W.T. Smith, Buford, Ga."
    M.J. Smith, wife of W.T. Smith, birth date 1/25/1845, no death date, monument in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Find a Grave. M.J. Smith W.T. Smith
  • W.T. Smith elected Titus County delegate to the State Grange, "State News," The Galveston Daily News, 11/22/1876, p. 3, crediting Abilene Library Consortium.
    "The Mount Pleasant News says that the Hon. W.T. Smith, representative of Titus county, has gone into business in Georgia, and will probably resign from the legislature." "State Press: What the Interior Papers Say," The Galveston Daily News, 1/22/1882, p. 5, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). January 22, 1882 November 22, 1876


  • Photograph. W.T. Smith, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Agriculture (Chair) 
Contingent Expenses  
Senatorial and Representative Districts, Apportionment  
16th R.S. - 1879
Contingent Expenses  
Indian Affairs  
Internal Improvements  
Penal Code, Select  
Privileges and Elections  
State Asylums  

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