Holland, Spearman (1802–1872)

By: Carolyn Hyman

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 21, 2022

Spearman Holland, legislator and soldier, was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, in 1802, the son of Kemp Spearman and Judith (Sanderson) Holland. He was the older half-brother of Bird Holland. By 1805 he moved to Williamson County, Tennessee, where he married Nancy Winfrey Hicks in 1821. He served in the state legislature when Sam Houston was governor. He later moved to Mississippi and from there in January 1842 to Texas, where he settled on a farm near Marshall. He represented Harrison County at the Convention of 1845 and in the First Legislature. After Panola County was separated from Harrison in 1846, Holland represented the new county in the House of the Seventh and Ninth legislatures and in the Senate of the Tenth. He made his home in Carthage and reported a planter-size slaveholding in the Census of 1850. He enlisted in a unit of Texas state troops in 1863 during the Civil War. He moved to Madison County by 1870 and then to Grimes County, where he died in 1872.

James K. Holland, "Diary of a Texan Volunteer in the Mexican War," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 30 (July 1926). Texas Democrat, May 20, 1846, Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

  • First Legislature (1846)
  • House
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • Senate
  • State Legislators
  • Ninth Legislature (1861-1863)
  • Seventh Legislature (1857-1858)
  • Tenth Legislature (1863-1864)
Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Reconstruction
  • East Texas
  • Northeast Texas

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

Carolyn Hyman Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Holland, Spearman,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/holland-spearman.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 21, 2022