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SMITH, NILES F. (ca. 1800–?). Niles F. Smith, soldier, farmer, and businessman, was born in New York around 1800. After living for a time in Michigan he moved to Texas and served as an engineer during the Texas Revolution. Afterward he became a prosperous businessman in Houston. The offices of the secretary of state of the Republic of Texas were housed in a building belonging to him. On December 15, 1836, Sam Houston nominated Smith for commissioner of the proposed Bank of Agriculture and Commerce. The same month, Smith was confirmed as a notary public for Jefferson County, where he served until at least 1844. He was also appointed collector of revenue for the port of Sabine on February 4, 1842. In 1850 he was farming in Jefferson County with his wife, Abigail, and their five children.


Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). 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).

Thomas W. Cutrer


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

Thomas W. Cutrer, "SMITH, NILES F.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.