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Stephen Heard Darden

Stephen Darden
Full Name: Stephen Heard Darden
Birth date: November 18, 1816
Death date: May 16, 1902

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 9th (1) (3) (4) Legislature
    11/4/1861 - 1/14/1862
  • House, 6th (2) Legislature
    11/5/1855 - 11/2/1857
  • House, 5th Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
(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) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings" and 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," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, Number 3, January 1967, pp. 414, 416, 446, crediting Texas State Historical Association. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
Census list
(3) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal .
(4) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the long term" (four years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, S.H. Darden, native state Mississippi, emigrated from Mississippi in 1846, planter, postoffice Gonzales, Gonzales County. House Journal .
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal .


  • Photograph. Stephen Darden, Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature

Other Resources

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