Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 476 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
North Carolina respectively, of Irish extraction.
The father was a planter by occupation,
but he served a long and honorable
term as Probate Judge. He died in 1867.
The mother still survives, and lives in Alabama.
Both were consistent members of the
Primitive Baptist Church. John T. attended
school until he was fourteen years old, and
then began to meet the world, relying upon
his own resources. He was desirous of continuing
his studies, and by industry and
economy he managed to enter Mercer University
at Macon, Georgia, where he was a
student three years. He was graduated in
the class of 1856, sharing the honors with
Governor McDaniel. He then taught one
year in Georgia, removing at the end of that
time to Tyler, Texas, where he entered upon
the duties of educator, which did not end for
seventeen years. The next scene of his labors
was the A. Lulu Corinne,
wife of Jack Baker; Barton Bee, a resident
of Cleburne, Texas; and Lillia Belle, wife of
Sam. M. Kerr. The parents are members of
the Missionary Baptist Church. Prof. Hand
belongs to the Masonic fraternity. Politically
he is an independent Demberat.
ILLIAM H. W. SMITH is a truly
representative Texan, although a
native of the State of Alabama, born
in 1855. His father, Captain W. S. Smith,
was a native of South Carolina and a lawyer
by profession. After removing to Alabama
he gave his attention to agriculture. He
married Jane Hillhouse, of South Carolina,
and they had born to them ten children, of
whom Willliam H. W. is the fourth in order
of birth. At the age of fourteen years he
went to Mobile, Alabama, and there secured
employment in a hardware store, which he
held until coming to Dallas in 1873. There
he followed the same business until he was
appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1878. He discharged
his duties with so much promptness
and ability that he won the entire confidence
of the community, and in November, 1882,
he was elected Sheriff. He had a strong opponent
in Benjamin Jones, Esq., and the
race was a close one. He served to the end
of the term, and was re-elected in 1884, defeating
W. P. Cochran by the largest
majority ever given any county official. He
was especially successful in the administration
of his office, and reflected great credit
upon himself and his constituency.
Mr. Smith was married in Texas, in 1876,
to Miss Fannie P. Sharp, granddaughter to
the Hon. Robert Y. Hayne, South Carolina's
gifted orator. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the
parents of three children, two were sons and
one was a daughter, but only one son survives.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/476/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.