Description[Circular and Pamphlet: Support of Schools]. Treasurer and ex-officio Superintendent of schools. An Act Providing for the Support of Schools, or as much thereof as is in Force, Approved August 29th, 1856. Also, an Act Supplementary to and Amendatory of an Act to Provide for the Support of Schools, Approved February 5th, 1858. With Instructions and Forms for the Use of School Officers. Austin: John Marshall & Co., State Gazette Book Office, 1858. 8vo. 23 pp. Wrappers. Some rubbing, indentation, and minor loss to from cover; rear cover missing. Light folding or rubbing to corners. Some light pencil notation throughout. Light toning and foxing. Very good. [and:] [James H. Raymond, Treasurer and Ex-Officio of Superintendent of Schools]Circular. Treasurer's Office, Austin, October 2nd, 1857. To the Honorable Chief Justices and County Courts... [together with:] [James Willie, Attorney General] Opinion of Attorney General. Attorney-General's Office, Austin, September 21st. [Austin], 1857. 4to. 3 pp. Single folded sheet with multiple fold lines. A few spots of browning and with minor pencil notations. Otherwise, near fine. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler, 1846-1860, 1104.
Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.
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