Sedberry, William Rush (1823–1863)

Type: Biography

Published: September 4, 2014

William Rush Sedberry, farmer, stock raiser, county judge, and state representative, was born in North Carolina on July 13, 1823. He was the son of James Merritt and Nancy Terrell (Rush) Sedberry. Sedberry was raised in Tennessee and married Caroline Huntley Alexander there on January 26, 1843. This couple had five sons and four daughters. During the remainder of the 1840s, Sedberry engaged in farming in Maury County, Tennessee. His farming prospered to the extent that, by 1850, he owned six slaves. In the early 1850s Sedberry immigrated with his family to Texas and settled in Bosque County. There, he acquired a large tract of land and established himself as a farmer and stock raiser. The 1860 census listed his real estate value at $5,500 and his personal estate at $13,000. Sedberry was active in community politics. He served as county judge in the late 1850s and was named to the board of trustees of Clifton Academy in February 1860. He was also a Mason. He presided over the meetings in which Bosque County seceded from the Union and organized troops for the Confederacy in the spring of 1861. Sedberry won election as representative for Bosque and McLennan counties to the House of the Ninth Texas Legislature later in 1861. He was on the Education Committee and Roads, Bridges and Ferries Committee. While still serving his term, Sedberry joined the Confederate Army and, according to family accounts and county histories, was a second lieutenant in Company K, Speight’s Regiment. He died near Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 1, 1863.

Bosque County History Book Committee, Bosque County, Land and People (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: W. R. Sedberry (, accessed August 27, 2014. William C. Pool, A History of Bosque County, Texas (San Marcos, Texas: San Marcos Record Press, 1954). “William Rush Sedberry, Sr,” Find A Grave Memorial (, accessed August 27, 2014.

  • Ninth Legislature (1861-1863)
  • House

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

Anonymous, “Sedberry, William Rush,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 4, 2014