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Stephen Darden Stephen Heard Darden
Full Name: Stephen Heard Darden
Date of birth: November 18, 1816
Date of death: May 16, 1902

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 25 Nov 4, 1861 - Jan 14, 1862 9th (1) (2) (3)     Gonzales / Gonzales   Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe
H 62 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (4) (5)     Gonzales / Gonzales   Gonzales
H 62 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Gonzales / Gonzales   Gonzales
(1) Spencer Ford, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded Stephen H. Darden, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/12/1861, p. 42. Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the long term" (four years). Senate Journal.
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/4/1861, p. 1. Listed in roll of Senators who "presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
(4) Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(5) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings." The party was active in Texas at the state level between 1855 and 1857. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414, 416-417. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • DARDEN, STEPHEN HEARD (1816-1902). Birth date 11/19/1816. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biography, pp. 235-236. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 4, 6. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Darden, Stephen Heard. Birth date 11/18/1816 on headstone. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Stephen Heard Darden. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Texas Army, Volunteer in Captain D.M. Fulton's Mississippi Company, Texas Revolution. Confederate States Army, Captain, Company A, 4th Texas Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade; Colonel, 5th Infantry Regiment Texas State Troops. Biographical sketch, pp. 23, 110-111, 210. Birth date 11/19/1816. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Army of Texas, 1836. Confederate States Army, Colonel, 1863. Headstone inscription. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Stephen Darden, 21st Legislature, Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Militia and Military Affairs  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Rules and Regulations  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Civil and Criminal Codes, Governor's Message, Select  
    Constitutional Amendments, Select  
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Private Land Claims No. 1  
    Public Debt  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Enrolled Bills  
    Judicial Districts  
    Private Land Claims No. 1  
    State Affairs  

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