William S. Herndon

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William Smith Herndon
William S. Herndon (Texas Congressman).jpg
U.S. Representative
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Personal details
Born (1835-11-27)November 27, 1835
Rome, Georgia
Died October 11, 1903(1903-10-11) (aged 67)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Louise McKeller Herndon
Education McKenzie College
Military service
Allegiance  United States
 Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Unit 13th Texas Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Smith Herndon (November 27, 1835 – October 11, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.


Herndon was born in Rome, Georgia, and moved to Wood County, Texas, in May 1852. He attended the common schools and graduated from McKenzie College in 1859. He then studied law, attained admission to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Tyler, Texas.

He served as a member of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, and attained the rank of captain before being discharged in 1865.

After the war, Herndon resumed the practice of law in Tyler, and became counsel, executive advisor, and general solicitor for several railroads.

Herndon was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress.

Following his service in Congress, Herndon resumed practicing law in Tyler. He died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 11, 1903, and was interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Tyler.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Whitmore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Reagan