DescriptionIra Ingram Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 6.25"; [Columbia]; undated, but circa 1836. A letter to Gail and Thomas Borden: "You will deliver to Mr. Falvel pursuant to a resolution of the House of Representatives one Hundred Copies of the Report of the proceedings in pamphlet form. [signed] Ira Ingram / Speaker of the House of Representatives." A docket below signed by Falvel records that the pamphlets were received.
Ira Ingram represented Matagorda at the First Congress of the Republic of Texas which convened on October 3, 1836. He was elected Speaker of the House, but resigned on May 1, 1837 when the Congress reconvened. This document likely dates from late December 1836, after the close of the first session. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
Condition: Single horizontal fold at center, gently toned. Filing docket, stray ink stains and light soiling on verso.
Ira Ingram (1788-1837) arrived in Texas in January 1826 as a member of Austin's Old Three Hundred where he settled in what is now Waller County. In the Convention of 1832 he served as a representative for the Mina District and for San Felipe during the Convention of 1833. He was the first alcalde of Matagorda in 1834 and authored the Goliad Declaration of Independence the following year. During the Texas Revolution, he first was involved in the capture of Goliad and later served in the Matagorda Volunteers. By April 1836 he was a major in the Texas Army ordered on a recruiting mission to the United States by General Sam Houston. After the war, he served as the first speaker of the House for the Republic of Texas, but resigned on May 1, 1837 when it was revealed he had been convicted of forgery in New York. His reputation survived the potential scandal, as evidence by his election as mayor of Matagorda. Unfortunately, he died before his inauguration.
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