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R.L. Smith Robert Lloyd Smith
Full Name: Robert Lloyd Smith
Date of birth: January 6, 1861
Date of death: July 10, 1942

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 43 Jan 12, 1897 - Jan 10, 1899 25th (1)   Republican Oakland / Colorado   Colorado
H 43 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th (2) (3) (4)   Republican Oakland / Colorado   Colorado

(1) Republican. Texas Legislative Manual.
(2) Republican. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(3) District 43, composed of Colorado county. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Republican. "Official Returns," "The Next Legislature," Galveston Daily News, 11/15/1894, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR 452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Robert Lloyd Smith (1861-1942), burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • SMITH, ROBERT LLOYD (1861-1942). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 75-76. History of the Republican Party in Texas 1865-1965, 1965.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," pp. 110-111. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 101-104; Letter recalling 24th Legislature, "A personal afterword," pp. 120-121. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Biographical sketch. p. 15. "He was born January 6, 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina, of free parents." Robert Lloyd Smith and the Farmers' Improvement Society of Texas, 1974.
  • Biographical sketch, Robert L. Smith, p. 159. Born 1/6/1861 in Charleston, South Carolina. Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature, 1897.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 66-67, "He [Robert Lloyd Smith] was reelected in the same county in 1897, making him the only black to serve in the Twenty-fifth Legislature and the last black to sit in the Texas Legislature until Barbara Jordan was elected to the Senate in 1966." Birth year 1861, death year 1942, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo, p. 120; founder of Farmers' Improvement Society, pp. 90, 148-149; state business league, p. 153. Black Texans: a History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995, 1996.
  • Robert Loyd Smith, birth date 1/8/1863 in South Carolina; death date 7/10/1942 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas; teacher. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. R.L. Smith, 25th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.L. Smith, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Robert Lloyd (R.L.) Smith, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 24th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 25th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 24th session composite photo of House members by Hill (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    25th R.S. - 1897
    Institute for the Colored Deaf, Dumb and Blind, Special  
    Public Printing  
    24th R.S. - 1895
    Military Affairs  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Ventilation of the House, Special  

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