DescriptionO. M. Roberts Signed Pardon. One page, 16" x 10.5", Austin, Texas; December 7, 1880. A partially printed document from the Governor of Texas pardoning Mary Ann Sheppard from paying a fine of $100 for her conviction of adultery in the district court of Brazoria County, Texas, in November 1880. The document certifies that the State of Texas will "remit the said fine" in consideration of the fact "that the woman is unable to pay the fine and is far gone in pregnancy and has three children to care for." Roberts signs as governor of the State of Texas. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
Condition: The document has horizontal and vertical folds and shadows of ink due to folding. Otherwise, fine condition.
Oran Milo Roberts (1815-1898) was born in South Carolina, where he was admitted to the bar in 1837. After serving a term in the Alabama legislature, he moved in 1841 to San Augustine, Texas, where he opened a successful law practice, was appointed a district attorney by President Sam Houston (1844), appointed district judge by Governor James Pinckney Henderson (1846), and served as president of the board and lecturer in law for the University of San Augustine, where he showed marked talent as a teacher. In 1856 Roberts ran for and won a position on the Texas Supreme Court. During this time Roberts became a spokesman for states' rights, and when the secessionist crisis appeared in 1860, he was an ardent supporter of the South, leading the passage of the ordinance removing Texas from the Union in 1861 and later serving in the 11th Texas Infantry in the Civil War. In 1864, Roberts was appointed chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a position he held until he was removed in 1865. In 1878, he was elected governor of Texas and served for two terms.
John Dickson Templeton(1845-1893) was born in Tennessee, and moved with his family to Texas in 1850. Templeton spent most of his boyhood in Texas, and supported the state's succession from the Union in 1861 and enlisted in the 10th Texas Cavalry. After the Civil War, Templeton worked as a farmer and as a schoolteacher, but eventually he decided to become a lawyer. After being admitted to the bar in 1870, Templeton set up his practice in Fort Worth. Templeton was appointed secretary of state by governor O.M. Roberts in 1879. Templeton continued his public duties when he was elected attorney general of Texas, serving from 1882 to 1886.
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