Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Clarence R. Wharton Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC189

Collection Summary

Creator: Wharton, Clarence, 1873-1941
Title: Clarence R. Wharton collection
Dates: 1832, 1895
Abstract: This small collection consists of a petition concerning the estate of John R. Harris in 1832, and a letter that describes the Runaway Scrape during the Texas Revolution in 1836.
Identification: MC189
Quantity: 4 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Clarence Ray Wharton, son of Frank B. and Ella Ray Wharton, was born in Tarrant County, Texas, on October 4, 1873. He studied law and began his practice in Decatur with Charles V. Terrell. In 1897, he moved to Houston where he entered the law firm of Baker, Botts, Baker and Lovett in 1901. Wharton married Adele Spoonts in 1902; they had four children. Wharton was made a full partner of his firm in 1906 and went on to become a prominent corporate attorney counseling such companies as Houston Lighting and Power and Houston Electric.

Wharton's interest in Texas history led to his publication of several articles and books including: The Republic of Texas (1922), Gail Borden, Pioneer (1941) and the five-volume Texas Under Many Flags. He was also an active member of the Harris County Historical Society serving as vice president in 1923. Wharton died in Houston, Texas, on May 1, 1941, and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

The Clarence R. Wharton Collection is comprised of an 1832 legal petition and an 1895 correspondence regarding the 1836 Runaway Scrape. The 1832 legal petition by Robert Wilson and David Harris to the alcaldes of Austin, concerns the estate of John R. Harris. A typescript of this legal document is included. There are two copies of a Photostat of an 1895 letter written by Guy M. Bryan to Kate S. Terrell which includes descriptions referring to the 1836 Runaway Scrape.


Arrangement is chronological.


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

Harris, John R., 1790-1843--Estate
Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Texas--History--To 1846
Runaway Scrape

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Clarence R. Wharton Collection, MC189, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Clarence R. Wharton, October and December 1939.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


"Wharton, Clarence Ray." The Handbook of Texas Online


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169.3 1 Legal: Petition 1832 November 14

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169.3 2 Typescript undated

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169.3 3 Photostat: Correspondence undated