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    Texas Railroad Group including: Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", on "International & Great Northern R. R." letterhead, "Palestine Station", June 12, 1876, to B. A. Shepherd regarding the placement of his front fence which is "Eleven (11) feet too far west - or on the Company's purchase." Folds. Fine. [and:] Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", on "International & Great Northern R. R." letterhead, "Palestine Station", June 21, 1876, to B. A. Shepherd regarding the placement of Shepherd's fence and offering "3 full lots 50 x 100...for $1000." Includes a hand drawn map of the lots and where the fence should be. Folds. Fine. [and:] Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8.75" x 10.75", on "Ticket Office Missouri Pacific Railway" letterhead, Waco, May 21, 1887, to B. A. Shepherd as president of the First National Bank of Houston wanting to borrow "15000 Dollars at 8 per cent interest paid semiannually Want to mortgage for the same as security - The Pacific Hotel in this City." Folds. Fine. [and:] Receipt from "Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway Co./Texas & New Orleans Railroad Co." One page, 8.5" x 5.25", on yellow paper, Houston, February 2, 1890, to B. A. Shepherd which reads in full: "Enclosed letter came in my mail which came assorted & was opened before or without noticing address on envelop [sic]." Folds. Fine. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.


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    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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