W. DeWitt Clinton Smith (also known as DeWitt Clinton Smith or Clinton Smith), state legislator, was born in Huron, Ohio, on February 18, 1828. He was the son of Samuel Hoy and Jane (Victor) Smith. Prior to 1850, Smith immigrated with his family to Texas and settled in Newton County. The 1850 census for Newton County listed his father Samuel, a surveyor, as head of the residence with his wife Jane and seven children, including twenty-two-year-old “Clinton,” living in the household. Upon reaching maturity, Smith established himself as a leader in the political affairs of the community. He represented Newton, Sabine, and Jasper counties in the House of the Sixth Texas Legislature from November 5, 1855, to November 2, 1857. During this time he served on the Judiciary and Public Debt committees. Some genealogy sources report that Smith married Hannah Catherine Huffman in Dallas, Texas, on February 22, 1859, but this information is unclear. The date of Smith’s death is not known.
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Legislative Reference Library of Texas: W. Dewitt C. Smith (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5208&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=smith~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed September 16, 2014. Thomas A. Wilson, Some Early Southeast Texas Families (Houston: Lone Star, 1965).
Sixth Legislature (1855-1856)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Aragorn Storm Miller,
“Smith, W. DeWitt Clinton,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 11, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
September 16, 2014