LANHAM, Samuel Willis Tucker

1846–1908

Biography

LANHAM, Samuel Willis Tucker, (father of Fritz Garland Lanham), A Representative from Texas; born in Spartanburg District, near Woodruff, S.C., on July 4, 1846; attended the common schools; entered the Confederate Army when a boy; moved to Texas in 1866 and settled at Boston, near Clarksville, Red River County; taught school for one year; moved to Weatherford in 1867 and continued teaching; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and engaged in practice in Weatherford, Tex.; district attorney 1871-1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Claims (Fiftieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; elected to the Fifty-Fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his resignation on January 15, 1903; Governor of Texas 1903-1907; died in Weatherford, Tex., July 29, 1908; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Texas State Library
Archives Division

Austin, TX
Papers: 1901-1907, 6.58 cubic feet. The papers of Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham document his tenure as a governor of Texas. The papers contain correspondence, reports, telegrams, petitions, opinions of the Attorney General and the Railroad Commission, proclamations, lists, letterpress books, bill analyses, and financial records dating from 1901 to 1907. Much of the correspondence relates to pardons, rewards, extraditions, and requisitions, as well as requests and recommendations for appointment to office. Subjects covered include prohibition (the Willacy Bill), reform of election laws, transportation, and exemption of merchants, lawyers, and dentists from paying occupation taxes. Other records include recommendations of the Railroad Commission concerning the development of street car lines, as well as mergers of railroads. Correspondents consist of federal, state, and local officials, and citizens of Texas. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

University of Texas at Austin
Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: ca. 1880-1917, 8.5 linear inches. The papers of Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham contain speeches, a copybook, certificates, a scrapbook, and photographs from his services as a congressman and as a governor. The papers also include images of Samuel Lanham, various family members, politicians, and friends. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lanham, Samuel Willis Tucker. Bureau of animal industry. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

------. The tariff. Scarce money plus high taxes can not equal prosperity. Speech ... in the House ... July 19, 1897. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1897.

------. Tariff. Speech of Hon. S. W. T. Lanham, of Texas. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

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