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Index Terms

Administrative Information

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Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Constitution of the City of Sabine, Texas

Manuscript Collection: MC183



Collection Summary

Creator: Sabine Pass (Tex.)
Title: Constitution of the City of Sabine, Texas
Dates: 1839
Abstract: The Constitution of the City of Sabine, Texas, was the organizing document of the city, founded January 19, 1839.
Identification: MC183
Quantity: 2 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

The town of Sabine Pass, Texas, originally chartered Sabine City, was established in 1839; it was projected to be a major Gulf port with cattle and cotton the port's major shipments. Eventually the name was formally changed to the more commonly used name of Sabine Pass in 1861. As a result of the Civil War, Forts Sabine and Griffin were constructed to fend off Union attacks at Sabine Pass. A major Civil War engagement, the Battle of Sabine Pass, took place in 1863 in which Union troops were prevented from taking over the major port. By 1880, Sabine Pass was the second largest town in Jefferson County; however, hurricane and storm damage, and the refusal of the majority land owners to further develop the area led to the decline of Sabine Pass and the growth of Port Arthur.

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Scope and Content Note

The four-page Constitution of the City of Sabine, Texas, is dated January 19, 1839 and was signed at the City of Houston in the Republic of Texas by seven of the original eight shareholders: Sam Houston, Philip Sublette, Niles F. Smith, J. S. Roberts, A. G. Kellogg, Geo. W. Hockley and W. Douglass Lee. A typescript of the constitution is included.

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Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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.

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Index Terms

Names:
Hockley, George Wwashington, 1802-1854
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Kellogg, Albert Gallatin
Lee, W. Douglass
Roberts, John S., 1796-1871
Smith, Niles F.
Sublett, Philip Alden
Places:
Sabine Pass (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Constitution of the City of Sabine, Texas, MC183, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Dr. W. G. Hugly, prior to 1944.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.

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Bibliography:

"SABINE PASS, TEXAS." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hjs02

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Inventory

 
box folder
168.6 1 Constitution 1839, 01/19

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box folder
168.6 2 Typescript n.d.

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