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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
1872, he and Thompson served as co-editors. From September 6
through November 24, 1875, McCormick served as a delegate to the
Constitutional Convention of 1875, which drafted the constitution that
was adopted by the state in 1876 (see Journal of the Constitutional
Convention of the State of Texas, 1875, n. p., n. d.). He was elected
district judge on November 4, 1884 and reelected in 1888 (see Record
of Election Returns 1884-1898, page 4, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas, The Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1884,
and The Houston Daily Post, November 6, 1905). He died on November
5, 1905 in Columbus and was buried in Weimar.
George W. Smith was a member of the Supreme Court of Texas.
George Washington Smith was born September 25, 1822. He appar-
ently had arrived in Colorado County by 1847, for on October 28, 1847
he purchased a lot in Columbus (see Deed Book F, page 289, Office of
the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). By 1850, he was engaged
in the practice of law (see Seventh Census of the United States (1850),
Colorado County, Texas). He was elected an associate justice of the
Supreme Court of the State of Texas on August 6, 1866 (see Texas
Reports: Reports of Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of
the State of Texas, volume 28, Washington, D. C.: W. H. and O. H.
Morrison, 1869). He and his fellow justices were replaced on September
10, 1867 (see Texas Reports: Reports of Cases Argued and Decided in
the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, volume 30, Washington, D.
C.: W. H. and O. H. Morrison, 1870). Two and a half months later, on
November 30, 1867, he and William Jefferson Jones filed the plat of a
major addition to the Town of Columbus, the Jones and Smith Addition,
at the courthouse in Columbus. One of the streets in the new addition
was named after Smith (see Bond and Mortgage Book F, page 196,
Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). Smith represented
Colorado and Lavaca Counties in the Thirteenth Texas Legislature, which
convened from January 14 through June 4, 1873 (see Members of the
Texas Legislature 1846-1962, n. p., n. d., page 75). He returned to his
home in Columbus in time to become one of the victims of the 1873
yellow fever epidemic. He died on October 21, 1873 (see The Fayette
County New Era, October 24, 1873).
Judge W. S. Delaney was a member of the Commission ofAppeals and one of the framers
of our present state constitution adopted in 1876.
William Shelby Delaney was born in Kentucky on September 18, 1825.
He was granted a license to practice law in Texas on May 2, 1860,
stating, in his application to the district court in Colorado County, that
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