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Lon A. Smith Lon A. Smith
Full Name: Lon A. 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)   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 - 1/14/1919, pp. 1-2, listed as "member-elect" in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 5th, 1918. Senate Journal.
(6) 35th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 8/3/1917, 2nd C.S. Senate Journal.
(7) 35th Legislature - 1/9/1917, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call of Holdover Senators/Absent. Name listed is Leon A. Smith. Senate Journal.
(8) 34th Legislature - 1/12/1915, pp. 1-2, listed as elected on November 3, 1914. Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Biographical Sketches
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Vol. XXX, 1922, p. 77, Confederate Veteran, 1893.
  • 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," 3/22/1917, p. 6. Houston Post.
  • Smith, Lon A. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Other Resources
  • "Friends, State Employees Pay Last Tribute to Lon A. Smith": "His body lay in state in the senate chamber prior to funeral services," 10/24/1947, p. 26. 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.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Lon A. Smith, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lon A. Smith, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lon A. Smith, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lon A. Smith, 36th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 34th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, south wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 35th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • 36th session composite photo of Senate members (3rd floor back hall corridor, west wall. 3E.C2). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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