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Stephen Heard Darden
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
In office
1874 - 1879
Preceded by Albert A. Bledsoe
Succeeded by William M. Brown
Member of the Second Confederate Congress
In office
November 21, 1864 - March 18, 1865
Preceded by John Allen Wilcox (Elect)
Succeeded by Abolished
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 25th district
In office
November 4, 1861 - January 14, 1862
Preceded by Eggleston Dick Townes
Succeeded by Spencer Ford
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
In office
November 7, 1853 - November 2, 1857
Succeeded by Albert Nelson Mills
Personal details
Born (1816-11-19)November 19, 1816
Died May 16, 1902(1902-05-16) (aged 85)
Wharton, Texas
Resting place Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Catherine Mays Darden
Education Cumberland College
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Branch/service  Confederate States of America Army
Rank Confederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Unit Texas 4th Texas Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Stephen Heard Darden (November 19, 1816 – May 16, 1902) was a prominent Texas politician who served in the Texas Senate and then as an officer in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.


Mr. Darden is of English-Irish descent, and a native of Mississippi. His entrance into Texas was as a volunteer soldier from the State of Mississippi, under Captain David M. Fulton, in the year 1836. In 1841, he became permanently established as a citizen of Texas.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Darden received a commission as a first lieutenant in Company A of the 4th Texas Infantry in what became widely known as the Texas Brigade. He was promoted to the rank of captain before resigning to the join the Second Confederate Congress.

Darden was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in the 62nd district from November 7, 1853 to November 2, 1857 and was elected to the Texas Senate in the 25th district from November 4, 1861 to January 14, 1862.

He was elected to represent the First Congressional District of Texas in the Second Confederate Congress from 1864 to 1865.

Darden was elected as a Democrat to be Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts from 1874 to 1879.

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