CS Con Oldham, Williamson Simpson Sr. - C.S. Senator, TX

Williamson Simpson Oldham Sr.

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Born: June 19, 1813

Birthplace: Franklin County, Tennessee

Father: Elias Oldham 1779 – 1850

Mother: Mary Bratton Burton 1780 – 1850

1st​ Wife: Mary Vance McKisick 1820 – 1849
(Buried: Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas)​

2nd​ Wife: Anne S. Kirk

Children:

Sarah Jane Oldham 1838 – 1855​
Mary Eliza Oldham 1840 – Unknown​
Williamson Simpson Oldham Jr. 1841 – 1921​
(Buried: Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas)​
Letitia Madeleine Oldham McCarty 1842 – 1922​
(Buried: Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas)​
Ada Yell Oldham Spratt 1847 – 1924​
(Buried: Reeves Chapel Cemetery, Pittsburg, Texas)​

Political Party: Democratic Party

Occupation before War:

School Teacher in Tennessee​
Attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas
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1838: Arkansas State Representative​
1842: Speaker of Arkansas State House of Representatives​
Justice of Arkansas State Supreme Court​
1846: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman​
1848: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Senator​
1849: Moved to Texas due to suffering for a mild case of tuberculosis​
1852: President of Austin, Texas Railroad Association​
1853: Unsuccessful Candidate for Texas State Representative​
1854 – 1857: Editor of Austin State Gazette Newspaper
1859: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman from Arkansas​
1859: Moved to Brenham, Texas​

Civil War Career:

1861: Delegate to Texas State Secession Convention​
1861 – 1862: Texas Delegate to Confederate Provisional Congress​
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from Texas​
1862 – 1864: Member of Senate Indian Affairs Committee​
1862 – 1864: Chairman of Senate Post Offices and Post Roads Committee​
1862: Member of Senate Naval Affairs Committee​
1863 – 1864: Member of Senate Commerce Committee​
1864 – 1865: Chairman of Senate Commerce Committee​
1864 – 1865: Member of Senate Claims Committee​
1864 – 1865: Temporary Member of Senate Finance Committee​
1864 – 1865: Temporary Member of Senate Judiciary Committee​
Advocate for high taxes, devises to counter inflation​
Advocate for arming Slaves​
Opposed the administration for establishment of Navy​
Opposed the administration for drafting and reorganizing troops​
Against measures that might violate personal and property rights.​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1866 : Fled to Mexico and made his way to Canada​
1866: Returned to Texas and was a resident of Houston, Texas​
1868: He died unrepentant, unpardoned, and unreconstructed.​

Died: May 8, 1868

Place of Death: Houston, Texas

Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Burial Place: Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas
 
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