Nathaniel Alexander Smith

Full Name: Nathaniel Alexander "Nat" Smith
Date of birth: November 25, 1789
Date of death: 1864

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (1) (2)     Woodlawn / Harrison   Harrison

(1) In 1855, Know-Nothing "contenders for the Texas House of Representatives, Nathan Smith, A.D. Burress, and William A. Tarleton, were all victorious by wide margins over their Democratic opponents," p. 168. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
(2) 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

Biographical Sketches

  • SMITH, NATHANIEL ALEXANDER (1789-ca. 1864). Born 11/25/1789 in Amherst, Virginia. Served in Alabama House of Representatives in the late 1820s and again from 1840-1844. "Leading member of the Texas Know Nothings . . . died around 1864 in Woodlawn, Harrison County, Texas." Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • Relatives: Nathan A. Smith - father; Gideon Smith - son. "From Slave Days to the Present: A Fannin County Story," 2/28/2009. North Texas e-News.
  • Nathan Smith, pp. 162, 164, 168, 173. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Committee Information top

6th R.S. - 1855
Constitutional Amendments, Select  
County and County Boundaries  
Privileges and Elections  
State Affairs  

This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.