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Portrait courtesy of Mervin D. Peters. Tillman Smith
Full Name: James Tillman Smith
Date of birth: September 8, 1843
Date of death: January 30, 1908

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 16 Apr 18, 1876 - Nov 19, 1876 15th (2) (3)   Democrat Navasota / Grimes   Grimes, Madison, Trinity, Walker
H 15 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th   Democrat Navasota / Grimes   Grimes, Madison, San Jacinto, Walker
(1) James R. Burnett, sworn in 16th Legislature, succeeded Tillman Smith, resigned 11/19/1876. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Name listed, Tillman Smith. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 15th Legislature - 4/18/1876, p. 1. All Senators listed in roll call as "Senators elect [who] answered to their names, presented their credentials, and took the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution"; in drawing of Senatorial terms 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "short term" (two years). Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Judge James Tillman Smith, birth date 9/8/1843, death date 1/30/1908. Obituary/biographical sketch, "Death Strikes Tillman Smith": elected to Legislature of 1874-5 and State Senate in 1876. Interment in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson County. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch in "State Senators Elect: Personal Sketches Completed - Seventeen Lawyers, Seven Grangers, Two Doctors, One Editor and Four Colored Politicians - the Political Structure of the New Senate of Texas," 3/3/1876, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • Biography, pp. 27-29. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Volume II, pp. 176-177. James Tillman Smith. A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, 1906.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1880 - Tilman Smith, Cleburne, Johnson County, born in North Carolina circa 1844, lawyer. FamilySearch.
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Portrait courtesy of Mervin D. Peters., Donated Material
  • Photograph. Tillman Smith, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Tillman Smith, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate Sergeant-at-arms office, west wall. 2E.10A). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    15th R.S. - 1876
    Agricultural and Mechanical College, Visit  
    Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Debt  
    Revision of Senate Rules of Order and Joint Committee on Rules of Joint Session  
    State Penitentiaries  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Finance  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Mexican Border Troubles  
    Penitentiary  
    Public Buildings  
    Removal of Judge L.M. Cooper, 3rd Judicial District  
     

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