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SELMAN, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1795–1873). Benjamin Franklin Selman, state representative, was born in Elberta, Elbert County, Georgia, on November 17, 1795. He was the son of Thomas L. and Jemimah (Greenlease) Selman. Selman was raised in Tennessee and served with the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. In 1818 Selman married Sarah Bean in Franklin County, Tennessee. This couple had four sons and seven daughters. In the mid-1830s he moved with his family to Benton County, Alabama, and around 1844 or 1845 the Selman family immigrated to Texas and settled near Alto in Cherokee County. Here, Selman became one of the leading citizens of the community. In 1845 he helped establish the Old Palestine Baptist Church in Alto. In 1849 and 1855, Selman was elected to the Texas House to represent Cherokee County in the Third Texas Legislature and Cherokee and Angelina counties in the Sixth Texas Legislature. On January 25, 1870, following the death of his first wife, Selman married twenty-four-year-old Sarah Ann Crawford. This couple had one daughter. Selman died in Cherokee County on January 5, 1873, and was buried in the Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto, Cherokee County.


“Benjamin Franklin Selman,” Find A Grave Memorial (, accessed September 3, 2014. Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Benjamin Selman (, accessed September 3, 2014.

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