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Samuel Willis Tucker LANHAM

(1846-1908)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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