Description[Texas Legislature]. General Laws of the Eighth Legislature of the State of Texas, By Authority. Austin: Printed by John Marshall & Co., 1860. First edition. 8vo. Wrappers. 151 pages. Printed wrappers. Large portion of front cover torn away. Ink to both covers which appear to have been used as blotting material. Some offsetting and toning to pages. In generally very good condition. Scarce.
The Eighth Legislature met from November 1859 to April 1861; Sam Houston was elected the seventh Governor of Texas in December 1859. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler 1427.
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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