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)   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) 15th Legislature - All Senators except District 7 listed in roll call as Senators elect, oath of office administered, 4/18/1876, p. 1; Drawing of Senatorial Terms, 4/27/1876, p. 98, drew "short term" (two years). Senate Journal. April 18, 1876 April 27, 1876

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "Tillman Smith Funeral Held . . . Born in North Carolina, He Was Confederate Soldier and State Senator," 1/31/1908, p. 8. Born 9/8/1844 in Lilesville, Anson County, North Carolina. Memorial resolution of the Fort Worth Bar Association, "Bar Honors Tillman Smith: Resolutions Pay High Tribute to Fine Character," 2/3/1908, p. 3. Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • 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.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 27-29. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, Judge James Tillman Smith, Volume II, pp. 176-177. Native of Anson County, North Carolina, moved to Hill County, Texas, then Navasota, Grimes County, "in 1874 was elected to represent his district in the state legislature, and in 1876 was chosen to the senate from the fifteenth senatorial district, composed of the counties of Grimes, Madison, Walker and Trinity." Moved to Fort Worth in 1891. A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, 1906.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company C, 14th Regiment North Carolina Volunteers, per widow's application and affidavits. James Tillman Smith, marriage date 6/17/1874 in Grimes County, death date 1/30/1908 in Tarrant County, widow Mrs. Emma De Maret Smith. Includes Confederate war service of James Tillman Smith, dec'd, as shown by books of R.E. Camp No. 158, Fort Worth, Texas; affidavits of Mrs. M.E. Harlee of North Carolina and M.M. Crane of Dallas; and obituary in Confederate Veteran. Pension File No. 51922, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, Company C, 14th North Carolina Infantry, Ransom's Brigade, G.H. Hill's Division, Jackson's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, enlisted 7/26/1861 at Suffolk, Virginia. Obituary, Judge Tillman Smith, Vol. XVI, No. 8, August 1908, p. 413. Confederate Veteran.

Other Resources

  • Listed in "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931," pp. 205-209. Includes Date, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. Early History of Grimes County, 1930.
  • Census of 1880 - Tilman Smith, Cleburne, Johnson County, age 36, born circa 1844 in North Carolina, lawyer, living in household with Emma Smith (age 30).
    Census of 1900 - Tillman Smith, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, age 55, born September 1845 in North Carolina, lawyer, wife Emma D. FamilySearch. 1880 1900
  • Tillman Smith, birth date 9/8/1843, death date 1/30/1908, portrait, burial in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson County. Find a Grave.
  • Tillman Smith. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.


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Committee Information top

15th R.S. - 1876
Agricultural and Mechanical College, Visit  
Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
Counties and County Boundaries  
Federal Relations  
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  
Judiciary No. 2  
Mexican Border Troubles  
Public Buildings  
Removal of Judge L.M. Cooper, 3rd Judicial District  

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