DescriptionCaleb Forshey. Annual Catalogue of Texas Military Institute, embracing Board of Trustees; Visiting Board; Academic Staff or Faculty; Course of Studies; Catalogue and Merit Roll of Cadets; Report of Superintendent; Rules and Regulations; Advertisements and Circulars. Caleb G. Forshey, Superintendent. June 30, 1858. Galveston: Printed at the News Book and Job Office, . 8vo. 12 pp. Wrappers. Light folding, toning, and wear with a few minute tears at spine. Otherwise, a near fine copy of this scarce pamphlet. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler, 1846-1860. 1095.
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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