DescriptionTexas State Register, for the Year of Our Lord, 1859, and Until July Fourth, the Eighty-Third of the Independence of the United States. Galveston: Published by A.[lbert] Hanford, 1859. [Printed in New York City, 1859.] 12mo.  pp. Published annually, No. 4. Printed sewn wrappers. Covers lightly rubbed with minor foxing and soiling. Handwriting of Mr. Shepherd in light pencil and ink notations on front and rear. Front cover and first six pages have bottom corner lightly folded. Some light toning and foxing throughout. Minor loss at fore-edge or corner at rear. Otherwise, a better than very good copy of this scarce item.
In its fourth year of publication, the Texas State Register promised a circulation of no less than 10,000 copies. Filled with advertisements touting the latest in wares and services, there are also many pages devoted to "Cotton and Sugar," "Times of Holding the District Courts," "Signs of the Zodiac," "Astronomical Calculations," monthly facts and dates, "Agriculture," and "Gleanings." An interesting almanac that dates from the year Sam Houston was elected governor of Texas. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler, 1035x, 1177x.
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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