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STEDMAN, WILLIAM (1822–1890). William Stedman, lawyer, legislator, and Confederate officer, son of Ann Clark (Ramsey) and Nathan Alexander Stedman, was born at Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 1822. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1842. On June 19, 1845, he married Clara Harvey White, daughter of Thomas Willis White, founder of the Southern Literary Messenger. Stedman moved to Texas in 1851, settling at Henderson. He represented Rusk County in the House of the Sixth Texas Legislature, 1855–56. Stedman was elected attorney general of Texas in August 1863, but he did not qualify for the office and instead, although an antisecessionist, went into the Confederate Army as a major on the staff of Elkanah Greer. After the war Stedman practiced law at Henderson until 1867, when he moved his office to Marshall. He died at Marshall on November 6, 1890.


Biennial Report of the Attorney General of the State of Texas from September 1, 1934 to August 31, 1936 (Austin, 1936). Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1962 (Austin, 1962). Dorman H. Winfrey, A History of Rusk County (Waco: Texian, 1961).


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"STEDMAN, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.