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    Texas Declaration Signer Asa Brigham Signed Treasury Warrant. Partly printed form, 6.75" x 4.25"; Columbia, December 12, 1836. Certificate number 1997 in the amount of $61.00 made out to John Bush. Bush's endorsement signature is on verso; beneath his signature is written "Military" in an unknown hand. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
    Condition: Cut cancellation, resulting in paper loss at bottom in the shape of a triangle. With toning and wear, including creasing and chipping as well as uneven margins. Holographic cancellation at center.


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    Asa Brigham (c. 1790-1844) a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was the first treasurer of the Republic of Texas, and later mayor of Austin. Brigham emigrated from Louisiana to Texas in April 1830. In December the ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin announced his election as síndico procurador for the precinct of Victoria (Brazoria), and in December 1831 he was elected comisario for the same precinct. Brigham was elected Brazoria alcalde in 1835 and served as one of four representatives from Brazoria to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos and was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He remained at the convention until at least March 16, 1836. David G. Burnet appointed him auditor of the Republic of Texas, and President Sam Houston named him Treasurer on December 20, 1836. He was the first to hold the latter office and was reappointed by Mirabeau B. Lamar in January 1839. On February 16, 1839, Brigham became a Houston alderman while serving as national treasurer. He left the treasury on April 12, 1840; later that year he was charged with using state funds for private purposes but was cleared. Houston reappointed him Treasurer on December 31, 1841, and in 1842 Brigham became mayor of Austin.



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