Stephen Darden

Stephen Heard Darden

Full Name: Stephen Heard Darden
Date of birth: November 18, 1816
Date of death: May 16, 1902

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 25 Nov 4, 1861 - Jan 14, 1862 9th (1) (2) (3)     Gonzales / Gonzales   Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe
H 62 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (4) (5)     Gonzales / Gonzales   Gonzales
H 62 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Gonzales / Gonzales   Gonzales

(1) Spencer Ford, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded Stephen H. Darden, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the long term" (four years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(5) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings." The party was active in Texas at the state level between 1855 and 1857. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414, 416-417. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, S.H. Darden, native state Mississippi, emigrated from Mississippi in 1846, planter, postoffice Gonzales, Gonzales County. House Journal.
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Stephen Heard Darden. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Texas Army, Volunteer in Captain D.M. Fulton's Mississippi Company, Texas Revolution. Confederate States Army, Captain, Company A, 4th Texas Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade; Colonel, 5th Infantry Regiment Texas State Troops. Biographical sketch, pp. 23, 110-111, 210. Birth date 11/19/1816. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Army of Texas, 1836. Confederate States Army, Colonel, 1863. Headstone inscription. Texas State Cemetery.


  • Photograph. Stephen Darden, 21st Legislature, Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature

Committee Information top

9th R.S. - 1861
Counties and County Boundaries  
Militia and Military Affairs  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Rules and Regulations  
6th R.S. - 1855
Civil and Criminal Codes, Governor's Message, Select  
Constitutional Amendments, Select  
Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
Judicial Districts, Select  
Private Land Claims No. 1  
Public Debt  
5th R.S. - 1853
Enrolled Bills  
Judicial Districts  
Private Land Claims No. 1  
State Affairs  

This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.