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LOONEY, SAMUEL (?–1834). Samuel Looney, early settler and soldier, attended the Convention of 1832 as a delegate from the Snow (Neches) River District (present-day Tyler County). He served on the committee for Indian affairs and protection of the frontier and on the committee to draft a report on the expediency of separate statehood for Texas. Looney subsequently fought in the Texas Revolution. In 1834 Charles S. Taylor, acting alcalde at Nacogdoches, found Looney guilty of being an accessory to the murder of Charles Luigi. The murderer, Barney Finch, another accomplice, John Saunders, and Looney were hanged on February 8, 1834.


John Henry Brown, History of Texas from 1685 to 1892 (2 vols., St. Louis: Daniell, 1893). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

Melissa G. Wiedenfeld


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

Melissa G. Wiedenfeld, "LOONEY, SAMUEL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.