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    [Thomas W. "Peg Leg" Ward] Partly-printed Document Signed by Secretary of State "Abner S. Lipscomb" on behalf of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar. (Imprint from Austin: Whiting's Press, 1840.) 1 page, 8.75" x 11", Austin, September 8, 1840 appointment of Thomas W. "Peg Leg" Ward as "...Justice of the Peace for the City of Austin, as Mayor, to which he was elected on the 15th day of August Instant..." Bears secretarial signature of Lamar. With blind-embossed seal of the Republic of Texas. Docketed on verso. Some bleeding to ink from exposure to moisture, some moderate dampstaining, expected folds, else very good condition.

    Thomas William (Peg Leg) Ward, (1807-72) was second commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas. Ward was born in Dublin, Ireland, removing in 1828 to Quebec and thence to New Orleans, where he studied engineering and architecture. Seven years later he answered the call for volunteers to help stand off Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna's army. Ward was one of the organizers of the New Orleans Greys, which fought at the siege of Bexar in December 1835. During the battle, Captain Ward, at the head of an artillery company, followed Benjamin R. Milam into San Antonio. During the ensuing battle Ward lost his leg to a cannonball, and Col. Milam was killed by a rifle shot. For his service to the Republic of Texas Ward later received 2,240 acres in Grayson and Goliad counties.

    Abner Smith Lipscomb (1789-1856), was a lawyer, justice, and secretary of state during the Mirabeau B. Lamar administration. Born in South Carolina, he studied law in the office of John C. Calhoun, was admitted to the bar in 1810, and began practice at St. Stephens, Alabama. In 1819 he was appointed a circuit judge of Alabama and from 1823 to 1835 was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He was a member of the Alabama legislature in 1838. In 1839 he moved to Texas and established a law practice. He was secretary of state under Lamar from January 31 to December 13, 1840. From the collection of Darrel Brown.


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