GIDDINGS, De Witt Clinton (1827-1903)

GIDDINGS, DE WITT CLINTON, a Representative from Texas; born in Susquehanna County, Pa., July 18, 1827; pursued an academic course; studied law in Honesdale, Pa.; was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1852 and commenced practice in Brenham, Tex.; served in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War; member of the State constitutional convention in 1866; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of William T. Clark to the Forty-second Congress; reelected to the Forty-third Congress and served from May 13, 1872, to March 3, 1875; again elected to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); engaged in the banking business in Brenham, Tex.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884, 1888, and 1892; died in Brenham, Tex., on August 19, 1903; interment in Prairie Lea Cemetery.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1879, 1 item.
A letter from James Webb Throckmorton to President Hayes written on July 21, 1879. The letter is also signed by Reps. D. C. Giddings, and D. B. Culberson. In the letter, James Webb Throckmorton recommends Thomas J. Brown for a judgeship in Texas.


University of Texas at Austin
Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Giddings Family Papers, 1829-1973, approximately 27 linear feet.
Persons represented include De Witt Clinton Giddings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.