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Samuel Yerger Smith

S.Y. Smith
Full Name: Samuel Yerger "Sam" Smith
Birth date: September 29, 1841
Death date: July 11, 1890

Terms of Service

  • House, 15th Legislature
    4/18/1876 - 1/14/1879
  • House, 14th (1) (2) Legislature
    1/13/1874 - 1/23/1874
(1) Election Contest, Petition of S.Y. Smith of Walker County, James V. Lea, committee appointment and report, 1/23/1874, pp. 8, 31-32. House Journal .
(2) James V. Lea unseated Sam Y. Smith in election contest 1/23/1874. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Samuel Yerger Smith, portrait, family Bible, birth date 9/29/1841, death date 7/11/1890, marriage to Florence L. Wynne, 8/14/1862. Guynes Family Tree. Ancestry.com .
  • Samuel Y. Smith (1841-1890), burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, Samuel Y. Smith, History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado, p. 487, O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, 1886. Google Books .
  • "Sam Y. Smith," former member of the Legislature, announces candidacy for State Treasurer. The Jasper Weekly News-Boy, 6/6/1878, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Death notice, "The State Press," from The Huntsville Item, The Galveston Daily News, 7/20/1890, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Sam Y. Smith of Denver, Col., "born and raised in our county . . . he was elected mayor of Huntsville and served one term, and also represented our county one term in the lower branch of the legislature." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, Sam Y. Smith, pp. 94-95. Birth date 9/29/1841. Smith was elected "in 1874 as a Democratic member of the 14th Texas Legislature, and held the position for two weeks; resigned it to J.V. Lea, also a Democrat, who had received a larger number of votes than himself, but who was refused the certificate of election in consequence of informality in returns. Mr. Smith's magnanimous conduct in giving the position to Mr. Lea was recognized by the House as an act worthy of special mention." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
  • Confederate States Army, Hood's Brigade. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
  • Samuel Y. Smith, "Mayor of Huntsville, TX 1873-1874, Texas State Legislator 1874-1878," listed in Prominent Colorado Confederate Veterans, Colorado Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans .

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