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    [Newspaper]. Texas Wesleyan Banner. Vol. II, No. 13, Whole No. 65, four pages, 18.25" x 24.75", Houston, July 10, 1850. Featured articles include "Propagandism in Rome" showing the measures taken by the Pope in Rome against "handbills...recently published and distributed, which are rapidly imbuing the whole mass of the Italian people with sentiments of political and religious liberty" and a "Report of the Delegate Appointed to Attend the General Conference of the M. E. Church." Period ads in the rear. Moderately foxed and unevenly toned; hole from ink writing in the upper right corner of page one. Chipped edges. Weakened folds with separations in places. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

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    Founded in 1847 in Brenham, Texas, as the "Texas Christian Advocate," the paper changed its name to the "Texas Wesleyan Banner" in September, 1848. It was a shared publication of the Texas and East Texas conferences of the Methodist Church.

    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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