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David Spangler Kaufman (December 18, 1813 – January 31, 1851) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.[1]

Early life and education

Kaufman was born in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary (Spangler) and Abraham Landis Kaufman. He was of German ancestry, and his paternal great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister (Kaufman is sometimes incorrectly described as having been Jewish).[2] Kaufman pursued classical studies and was graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1833.[3]

He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Natchez, Mississippi. He commenced practice in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Attracted by the developing country in the Southwest, Kaufman moved to Nacogdoches, Republic of Texas, in 1837.

Military service

He served in the military against the Native Americans and was wounded at the Battle of the Neches.

Public service

He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives 1838–1843. He served in the Texas Senate 1843–1845. He was appointed Chargé d'Affaires of Texas to the United States in 1845.[4]

Upon the admission of Texas as a State into the Union, Kaufman was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress. He was reelected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March 30, 1846, until 1851. He served as chairman of the Committee on Rules (Thirty-first Congress).


Kaufman died from a heart attack[4] in Washington, D.C., on January 31, 1851. Kaufman was originally interred in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. In 1932 he was reinterred in the Texas State Cemetery at Austin.[5]

Fraternal memberships

Legacy and honors

Kaufman is the namesake of Kaufman County, Texas,[8] and its seat, Kaufman.


  2. ^ Kaufman-Kauffman: the house of Oley; Kaufman, Texas was named for David Spangler Kaufman, the son of Abraham and Mary (Spangler) Kaufman. Abraham was the son of John and Christianna (Landis) Kaufman; and John was the son of Frederick Kaufman who was a Mennonite minister, and who landed in Philadelphia on 21 September 1742"
  3. ^ Ornish, Natalie: David Spangler Kaufman from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 8 July 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  4. ^ a b Guttery, Ben R (2008). Representing Texas: A Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 
  5. ^ "David Spangler Kaufman final resting place". Texas State Cemetery. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "DSKaufman-The Political Graveyard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Gambrell, Herbert: The Philosophical Society of Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 8 July 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 172.