Description[Rutersville College]. Answer of Rutersville College, (Now the Texas Monument and Military Institute), to the Claim Set Up to the College Lots and Buildings, by the Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Its Meeting at Waco, Texas, in December, 1857. Galveston: Printed at the News Book and Job Office for the Board of Trustees, 1858. First edition. 8vo. Slim pamphlet. 16 pages. Gray printed wrappers. One leaf unopened. A few creases to corners. Minor spotting. Very good. Rutersville College, near La Grange, was the first chartered Protestant college in Texas; it opened in 1840 and admitted male and female students. Scarce. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler 1053a.
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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