Description[Railroads]. Fifth Annual Report of the President and Directors of the H. and T. C. Railway Company, To the Stockholders. Houston: Telegraph Power Press Book and Job Office, 1858. First edition. 8vo. Sewn wrappers. 23, [blank], [i-]xxiii pages. Green printed wrappers. A few shallow creases and folds; some toning to pages. Pamphlet has been folded in half vertically, with light crease running the length of the booklet. With ink name of Ben Shepherd on front cover, title page, and Officers page, with some bleedthrough to adjacent pages. (Houston banker Benjamin Armistead "B. A." Shepherd, 1814-1891, was a close friend of Colonel Paul Bremond, the Father of the Texas Railroad, and was heavily involved in railroads and land speculation in the state.) Very good. Scarce.
Annual report of the Houston and Texas Central Railway Company. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
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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