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Ashbel Smith. Photo courtesy of the Texas Medical Association. Ashbel Smith
Full Name: Ashbel Smith
Date of birth: August 13, 1805
Date of death: January 21, 1886

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 33 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (1)   Democrat Cedar Bayou / Harris   Harris
H 36 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (2)     Houston / Harris   Harris
H 36 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th     Cedar Bayou / Harris   Harris

(1) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Biographical Sketches
  • Biography in LRL collection, 328.764 SM51S 1982, Ashbel Smith of Texas: Pioneer, Patriot, Statesman, 1805-1886, 1982.
  • SMITH, ASHBEL (1805-1886). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Lone Star Junction, 1995.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 260-261. Born in 1806. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Describes the Ashbel Smith papers, including speeches and correspondence. Confederate Military Manuscripts: Series C: Holdings of the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, 2003.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 61-62. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Ashbel Smith, birth date 8/12/1805, death date 1/21/1886. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 19, 100, Plate No. 38. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • General Zachary Taylor's Army in 1846 war with Mexico; Confederate States Army, Colonel, 2nd Texas Infantry. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo, discussion of service as president of first University of Texas Board of Regents. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Portrait, p. 131. From Slave to Statesman, 1993.
  • Smith, Ashbel. Birth date 8/13/1805, death date 1/21/1886 on headstone. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Ashbel Smith. Photo courtesy of the Texas Medical Association., Donated Material
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 11th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, south wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Agriculture and Stock Raising  
    Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Insurance and Statistics (Chair) 
    Military Affairs  
    Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas (Chair) 
    State Asylums  
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Cholera and Epidemic Disease in Austin  
    Congressional Districts, Select  
    Direct Tax, Select (Chair) 
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Geological Bureau, Select (Chair) 
    Jefferson Davis, Petition to Release, Select  
    Lunatic Asylum, Select  
    U.S. Senators, Election of  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Geological Surveys and Bureau of Agriculture, Select (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    Slaves and Slavery  

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