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STAPLES, SIDNEY LEE (1865–1937). Sidney Lee Staples, legislator and Texas secretary of state, was born at Madisonville, Kentucky, on September 13, 1865. He traveled to Hico, Texas, in 1885 to visit his sister and decided to stay in the state. He studied law in the office of Lee Riddle before entering the law school of the University of Texas; he also worked for a time at the General Land Office with William Sydney Porter. Later Staples practiced law at Smithville and represented Bastrop County in the House of the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth legislatures (1897–1900) and Bastrop, Lee, and Burleson counties in the Senate of the Twenty-seventh Legislature. In the legislature he served on the judiciary, judicial districts, private land claims, education, and labor committees. Staples was secretary of state under Pat M. Neff from 1921 to 1924. He was special counsel for the Labor Department in the attorney general's office at the time of his death in Austin on January 2, 1937. He was survived by his wife, the former Augusta Mercer,and one daughter.


Austin American, January 3, 1937. E. H. Loughery, Texas State Government (Austin: McLeod and Jackson, 1897).


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