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.

Military Service Notes

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 Y. 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).
  • Death notice, "The State Press," from The Huntsville Item, The Galveston Daily News, 7/20/1890, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Sam Y. Smith of Denver, Col., "born and raised in our county . . . he was elected mayor of Huntsville and served one term, and also represented our county one term in the lower branch of the legislature." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. S.Y. Smith, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Claims and Accounts  
Public Debt (Chair) 
14th R.S. - 1874
Commerce and Manufactures  

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