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Nathaniel Smith

Full Name: Nathaniel Alexander "Nat" Smith
Birth date: November 25, 1789
Death date: 1864

Terms of Service

  • House, 6th (1) (2) Legislature
    11/5/1855 - 11/2/1857
(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

Other Resources

  • Nathan Smith, pp. 162, 164, 168, 173. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880 1983.
  • SMITH, NATHANIEL ALEXANDER (1789-ca. 1864). Served in Alabama House of Representatives in the late 1820s and again from 1840-1844. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • 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 family group sheet: birth date 11/25/1789; death 1863, Woodlawn, Harrison County, TX. 1855-1856 Vice-President of Texas American "Know Nothing" Party. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .
  • 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 .
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