Lon A. Smith

Lon A. Smith

Full Name: Alonzo Abner "Lon" Smith
Date of birth: March 13, 1869
Date of death: October 21, 1947

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 8 Jan 14, 1919 - Oct 4, 1920 36th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)   Democrat Henderson / Rusk   Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Shelby
S 8 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 14, 1919 35th (6) (7)   34th (8)   35th (6) (7)   Democrat Henderson / Rusk Senate President Pro Tempore (35th)   Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Shelby

(1) "Representatives for Texas Shown": W.T. Davidson of Marshall, in special election 11/20/1920, succeeded unexpired term of Lon A. Smith, elected comptroller 11/2/1920, p. 11, 11/21/1920. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Smith resigned 10/4/1920. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) "Democrats get 310,790 votes of 487,559 in Texas": Results of general election canvass announced. Lon A. Smith elected comptroller November 2, 1920, 12/18/1920, p. 1. San Antonio Express.
(4) "Democrats nominate Davidson," 11/3/1920, p. 9. T.W. Davidson nominated for the State Senate...to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Lon A. Smith of Henderson, elected State Comptroller. San Antonio Express.
(5) 36th Legislature - Member-elect in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 5th, 1918, oath of office administered, 1/14/1919, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(6) 35th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 8/3/1917, 2nd C.S. Senate Journal.
(7) 35th Legislature - Roll Call of Holdover Senators, 1/9/1917, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(8) 34th Legislature - Elected November 3, 1914, oath of office administered to members elect, 1/12/1915, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Commander Lon A. Smith, Texas Division, S.C.V., Volume 30, Number 1, January 1922, p. 77. Confederate Veteran.
  • Alonzo Abner Smith of Henderson. Biographical sketch, Senate of the 35th Legislature, "A Look at the Affairs of State: The Real Names and Addresses of Thirty-one Senators With Additional Facts," The Houston Post, 3/22/1917, p. 6.
    Alonzo Abner Smith, Comptroller of Public Accounts, born 3/13/1869 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. Biographical sketch, photo, and poem by Lon Smith, "Our State Departments and Those Who Conduct Them," The Austin Statesman, 9/4/1921, p. 5. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). March 22, 1917 September 4, 1921
  • Smith, Lon A. Texas State Cemetery.

Other Resources

  • "Friends, State Employees Pay Last Tribute to Lon A. Smith," 10/24/1947, p. 26. "His body lay in state in the senate chamber prior to funeral services." Amarillo Daily News.
  • "Lon A. Smith to Quit Seat on Rail Board: Olan R. Van Zandt Decides to Run for Place on Commission," 4/21/1940, pp. 1, 6. Smith announced he would not be a candidate for re-election to the Railroad Commission; former State Senator and Comptroller. Dallas Morning News.
  • Obituary, "Lon A. Smith is Death Victim," 10/22/1947, p. 3. Lubbock Morning Avalanche.
  • Mentioned in "Chronological Listing of Key Events in the History of the Railroad Commission of Texas (1866-1939)." Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • Railroad Commissioners Past through Present, with dates of service. Railroad Commission of Texas.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

36th R.S. - 1919
Agricultural Affairs (Vice Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Governor's Nominations  
Insurance and Banking (Chair) 
Public Health  
State Affairs  
State Penitentiaries  
35th R.S. - 1917
Central Investigating Committee  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Educational Affairs  
Enrolled Bills  
Insurance and Banking  
Nominations of the Governor  
Public Health  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
34th R.S. - 1915
Bubonic Plague Appropriation Investigation  
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Educational Affairs  
Engrossed Bills  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Public Printing (Chair) 
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  

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