Sublett, Henry Williams (1817–1859)

By: Robert Bruce Blake

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: July 1, 1995

Henry Williams Sublett, lawyer, jurist, and legislator, wasborn in Kentucky on May 27, 1817. He moved to Texas in March 1835 and settled east of San Augustine near his uncle, Philip A. Sublett. A lawyer by profession, Sublett was appointed district attorney for the Sixth Judicial District on January 15, 1842. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Congress of the republic in 1845, but he represented San Augustine in the House of the First Legislature. He moved later to Travis County, which he represented in the Senate of the Fifth Legislature. On July 31, 1847, Sublett married Jane Bell (Belle) Anderson, daughter of Kenneth L. Anderson. At one time Sublett was a law partner of Oran M. Roberts. Henry Williams Sublett died in Austin on October 3, 1859, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, the name on the tombstone being spelled Sublitt.

Texas State Gazette, October 8, 1859.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Bruce Blake, “Sublett, Henry Williams,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995