KAUFMAN, David Spangler

1813–1851

Biography

KAUFMAN, David Spangler, a Representative from Texas; born in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, Pa., December 18, 1813; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1833; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Natchez, Miss., and commenced practice in Natchitoches, La.; moved to Nacogdoches, Republic of Texas, in 1837; served against the Indians; member of the Texas house of representatives 1839-1843; served in the Texas senate 1843-1845; appointed Chargé d'Affaires of Texas to the United States in 1845; moved to Lowes Ferry, Tex.; upon the admission of Texas as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress; reelected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March 30, 1846, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 31, 1851; chairman, Committee on Rules (Thirty-first Congress); interment in the Congressional Cemetery; reinterment in the State Cemetery at Austin, Tex., in 1932.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

American Jewish Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1846, 0.25 linear foot. An agreement between David Spangler Kaufman, attorney for the plaintiffs, and J. Autry, attorney for the defendants, regarding the judge in the trial of Fuller vs. The State of Texas.

University of Texas at Austin
Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: 1848-1852, 3 linear inches. The papers of David Spangler Kaufman include business and congressional papers and correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: 1841-1848, 4 items. Papers relate to a speech delivered by David Spangler Kaufman in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1848 on territorial relations between the United States and Texas; market and port reports; memorial passed by citizens of San Augustine.
Papers: In the papers of Sam Houston, 1815-1857, approximately 6.5 linear feet. Correspondents include David Spangler Kaufman. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the papers of Thomas Jefferson Rusk, 1824-1859, approximately 7 linear feet. Subjects include David Spangler Kaufman. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the papers of Edward Burleson, Sr., 1835-1853, 1922, 19 items. Collection contains a letter dated September 16, 1839, from David Spangler Kaufman to Burleson concerning Kaufman's reelection and requesting Burleson to support his election as Speaker.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Kaufman, David Spangler. Speech of Hon. David S. Kaufman, of Texas, on the slavery question. Delivered in the House of Representatives, February 10, 1847. Washington: Printed at the Office of Blair and Rives, 1847.

------. Speech of Mr. David S. Kaufman of Texas, on the subject of the Mexican War: Delivered in the House of Representatives, U.S., June 20, 1846. Washington: Printed by J. & G.S. Gideon, 1846.

------. The Texas boundary. Speech of Hon. David S. Kaufman, of Texas, showing that Mexico commenced the late war with the United States, by invading territory that belonged to Texas at the period of her annexation. Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 5, 1848. [Washington]: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, [1848].

United States. Congress (31st, 2nd session: 1850-1851). Obituary services, on the death of Hon. David S. Kaufman, of Texas, in the Congress of the United States, February 1st, and 3d, 1851. Washington: Printed by J.T. Towers, 1851.

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