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LAWHON, LEONIDAS SOCRATES (1835–1902). Leonidas Socrates Lawhon, also referred to Leonardus and S. S. Lawhorn, attorney and state representative, was born in Georgia on July 16, 1835, the son of Luther Allen and Martha Ann (Hardman) Lawhon. Lawhon immigrated to Texas in the mid-1850s, settling in Helena, Karnes County, and practicing law. He later served as a judge in this county. On February 27, 1859, he married a woman listed as Adrianna E. This couple had three sons and one daughter. One of the sons, Luther, may have been the L. L. Lawhorn who was senator for District Twenty-two in the Twenty-third Texas Legislature. Lawhon himself was a leading member of the community and in 1873 won election as representative for District Twenty-four—comprised of Calhoun, Jackson, Victoria, Refugio, San Patricio, Bee, Goliad, DeWitt, Karnes, Live Oak, and Aransas counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. Following this turn at state office, Lawhon returned to Karnes County and remained here until about 1880 when he relocated to Floresville, Wilson County. He died in Gonzales County on August 10, 1902.


Descendants of My Ancestors (, accessed August 12, 2007. Hedwig K. Didear, A History of Karnes County and Old Helena (Austin: Jenkins, 1969). Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

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Aragorn Storm Miller, "LAWHON, LEONIDAS SOCRATES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.