Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

James Davis Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC012

Collection Summary

Creator: Davis, James, 1790-1859
Title: James Davis papers
Dates: 1842-1845
Abstract: This small collection deals with Sam Houston's relationship with Davis, and the annexation of Texas by the United States.
Identification: MC012
OCLC Record No.: 20010406
Quantity: 6 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library , San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in Virginia in 1790, James Davis moved to Texas in 1845 after serving as a major general in the Alabama Militia and as the United States consul at Santa Fe. He joined General Sam Houston's staff in 1836 and was asked by Houston in 1842 to help prevent attacks against the Alabama and Coushatta Indians in April of that year. Along with Captain Ewen Cameron, Davis led the Army of the Republic of Texas to victory at the battle of Lipantitlán on July 7, 1842.

Davis actively participated in Texas and national politics (1843-1853) while representing East Texas in the legislature during the Republic and after annexation. Davis died on February 10, 1859, in Liberty County.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection comprised of 3 letters received by James Davis deals with Sam Houston's relationship with Davis (1842) and the annexation of Texas by the United States (1845). Two letters written by Houston in 1842 document his reliance on Davis to assist him in carrying out his plans whether dealing with a mutinous army in Galveston or the replacement of Colonel Daingerfield in New Orleans. A letter written on April 15, 1845, by A. J. Donelson, chargé d'affaires of the United States to the Republic of Texas, soon after presenting President Anson Jones with the terms of annexation, records Donelson's views of annexation.


Organized into one series and one subseries: Correspondence and Transcripts; arrangement is alphabetical.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Daingerfield, William Henry, 1808-1878
Davis, James, 1790-1859--Correspondent
Donelson, Andrew Jackson, 1799-1871--Correspondent
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863--Correspondent
Texas--Annexation to the United States
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846

Other Archival Resources

James Davis Collection, Sam Houston Regional Library, Liberty, Texas.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], James Davis Papers, MC012, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Anne M. Cochran, 1947.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


"Davis, James." The Handbook of Texas Online.



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16.4 1 A. J. Donelson 1845
2 Sam Houston 1842
3 Typescripts 1842-1845