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William Swift William Swift
Full Name: William Henry Swift
Date of birth: March 12, 1816
Date of death: December 20, 1881

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches   Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
S 2 Oct 6, 1871 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (4) (5)   12th (6) (7)   Democrat Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches   Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(6) William H. Swift, in special election 10/3/1871 - 10/6/1871, succeeded Amos Clark, died 2/18/1871. [Completed unexpired 4-year term of Amos Clark.] Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. William Swift's predecessor Amos Clark drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • J.W. Swift (13th Legislature, opening day roll call), W.H. Swift in 12th and 14th Legislatures. Senate Journal. Senate Journal, 12th Leg. Adjourned, p. 217
  • Senate Journal, 13th Leg., p. 1 Senate Journal, 14th Leg., p. 1
    Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch included in "Kissin' Kuzzins 12/21: Reader Needs Info on Swift Family," 12/21/2008. Lufkin Daily News.
  • Biographical sketch, William Henry Swift, p. 112. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • W.N. Swift. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • Possibly W.H. Swift, Jr., mentioned in SWIFT, TEXAS. ". . . named for W.H. Swift, Jr., who served as its first postmaster when a post office was established there in 1883." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • William H. Swift. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Interment in Swift Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX; birth date 3/12/1816; death date 12/20/1881. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • "The special elections in October added two Democratic senators -- Swift. . . and Dillard," p. 134. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William Swift, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. William Swift, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. William Swift, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Asylums  
    Blind Asylum (Chair) 
    Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Finance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Land Office  
    Lunatic Asylum  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
    Rooms in Capitol Building (Co-Chair)  
    13th R.S. - 1873
    Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Immigration  
    Impeachment of Judge William Chambers, 1st First Judicial District, Select  
    Printing  
    Redistricting/Apportionment, Select  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    State Indebtness  
    State Lunatic Asylum (Chair) 
     

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