Seth Shepard

Full Name: Seth Shepard
Date of birth: April 23, 1847
Date of death: December 3, 1917

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 16 Mar 26, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Brenham / Washington   Burleson, Washington

(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) Seth Shepard, in special election 2/17/1874, seated 3/26/1874, succeeded T.G. Davidson, refused to qualify 1/14/1874. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Seth Shepard and Matthew Gaines election contest: Memorial of Shepard protesting the seating of Matthew Gaines, 3/17/1874, pp. 176-178. Presentation of Gaines' credentials, 3/20/1874, pp. 189-190. Shepard prevailed in election contest over Gaines, report of Committee on Privileges and Elections 3/24/1874, printed in journal 3/25/1874, pp. 207-217. Memorial of C.B. Francis, claiming to have been elected Senator from the 16th District, does not delay seating of the Hon. Seth Shepard as Senator from said district; Shepard qualified and was seated immediately, 3/26/1874, pp. 220-221, 225-226. Gaines never seated. Senate Journal.
(4) "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.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • SHEPARD, SETH (1847-1917). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketches of Chauncy B., James E., and Seth Shepard, pp. 84-87. Relatives: James E. Shepard and Chauncy B. Shepard - brothers; Chauncy B. Shepard - father, Seth Shepard - son; James E. Shepard - uncle, Seth Shepard - nephew; "To Judge [Seth] Shepard the State owes a lasting debt of gratitude for having found the original manuscript of the Declaration of Texas Independence, which was lost for more than sixty years." The History of Brenham and Washington County, 1915.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Company F, Tom Green's 5th Texas Cavalry. Brief biographical sketch, p. 209. The Confederates of Chappell Hill, Texas: Prosperity, Civil War and Decline, 2005.

Other Resources

  • "Body of Judge Shepard is Buried in Washington," 12/7/1917, p. 2. Dallas Morning News.
  • Seth Shepard (1847-1917), marker in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. "The last of the original members of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. According to articles in the Dallas News he is actually buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington. Despite the above his death certificate indicates 'remains moved to Dallas, Texas.'" Includes portrait of the Honorable Seth Shepard, Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals of the District of Columbia, about 1916 or 1917. Find a Grave.
  • "Former Texan Dies After an Operation: Seth Shepard, Chief Justice of District of Columbia, is Dead," 12/4/1917, p. 1, born 1847, died 12/3/1917; Obituary, "Sketch of Life and Work of One of Texas' Honored Sons," 12/9/1917, p. 3, former Chief Justice Seth Shepard, member of Texas Senate in 1874, appointed associate justice of Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia by President Cleveland in 1893, then chief justice by President Roosevelt on 1/5/1905. Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned in Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics." The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.

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