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STEPHENS, JOHN W. (1854–1918). John W. Stephens, state official, son of J. W. and Rhoda Stephens, was born in Grenada, Mississippi, in 1854 and moved with his family to Limestone County, Texas, in 1859. After engaging in farming, merchandising, and stock raising, Stephens served as district clerk in Limestone County for six years. He was appointed state comptroller in 1903 by Governor Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham and was twice elected to the office. Stephens married Elizabeth Ann Anglin on November 28, 1878; they had six children. He died in Austin on March 9, 1918, and was buried in Groesbeck.


Austin American, March 10, 1918. Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). C. W. Raines, Year Book for Texas (2 vols., Austin: Gammel-Statesman, 1902, 1903).

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