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STROUD, L. M. (1818–?). L. M. Stroud, planter in antebellum Texas, was born in 1818 in Georgia. In Texas he began planting in Freestone County. In 1860 he was estimated to have $3,000 worth of real property and $67,665 worth of personal property. He farmed 300 acres of improved land that year and produced 1,000 bushels of corn and 120 bales of cotton. He owned 112 slaves and was thus one of the few planters in 1860 in Texas who owned 100 or more slaves.


Randolph B. Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821–1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989). Ralph A. Wooster, "Notes on Texas' Largest Slaveholders, 1860," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 65 (July 1961).

Chris Cravens


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

Chris Cravens, "STROUD, L. M.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on October 24, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.