Chambliss, Samuel Lee (1814–1878)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller and Matthew K. Hamilton

Type: Biography

Published: April 30, 2008

Updated: September 2, 2011

Samuel Lee Chambliss, Confederate soldier and state representative, was born in Jefferson County, Mississippi, on April 9, 1814, the son of Peter and Mary (Rutledge) Chambliss. He married Jane Truett Scott on July 16, 1836. By 1860 Chambliss had achieved the status of a large planter owning 116 slaves in Lake Providence, Louisiana. Described as one of Louisiana’s “most respectable and intelligent planters…and a very valuable citizen to the state,” he was appointed a lieutenant colonel of the Eighth Louisiana, Thirteenth Battalion of Partisan Rangers, in August 1862. However, his health suffered as a result of exposure during the following winter, and he left active duty in March 1863 and resigned his commission on April 30 of that year. Chambliss immigrated to Texas in 1870 and established residence in Navarro County. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Nine—comprised of Freestone, Limestone, and Navarro counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. Samuel Lee Chambliss died in September 1878.

Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Homer S. Thrall, People's Illustrated Almanac: Texas Handbook and Immigrants Guide for 1880 (St. Louis: Thompson, 1880).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller and Matthew K. Hamilton, “Chambliss, Samuel Lee,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 18, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 30, 2008
September 2, 2011