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S.Y. Smith Samuel Yerger Smith
Full Name: Samuel Yerger "Sam" Smith
Date of birth: September 29, 1841
Date of death: July 11, 1890

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 31 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th   Democrat Huntsville / Walker   Trinity, Walker
H 15 Jan 13, 1874 - Jan 23, 1874 14th (1) (2)   Democrat Huntsville / Walker   Grimes, Madison, San Jacinto, Walker

(1) Election Contest, Petition of S.Y. Smith of Walker County, James V. Lea, committee appointment and report, 1/23/1874, pp. 8, 31-32. House Journal.
(2) James V. Lea unseated Sam Y. Smith in election contest 1/23/1874. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Samuel Y. Smith, History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado, p. 487, O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, 1886. Google Books.
  • Biographical sketch, Sam Y. Smith, pp. 94-95. Birth date 9/29/1841. Smith was elected "in 1874 as a Democratic member of the 14th Texas Legislature, and held the position for two weeks; resigned it to J.V. Lea, also a Democrat, who had received a larger number of votes than himself, but who was refused the certificate of election in consequence of informality in returns. Mr. Smith's magnanimous conduct in giving the position to Mr. Lea was recognized by the House as an act worthy of special mention." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Other Resources
  • Samuel Yerger Smith, portrait, family Bible, birth date 9/29/1841, death date 7/11/1890, marriage to Florence L. Wynne, 8/14/1862. Guynes Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Samuel Yerger Smith (1841-1890), burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Find a Grave.
  • "Sam Y. Smith," former member of the Legislature, announces candidacy for State Treasurer. The Jasper Weekly News-Boy, 6/6/1878, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Samuel Y. Smith, "Mayor of Huntsville, TX 1873-1874, Texas State Legislator 1874-1878," listed in Prominent Colorado Confederate Veterans, Colorado Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. S.Y. Smith, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Claims and Accounts  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Commerce and Manufactures  

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