Texas Supreme Court, Galveston Term:
An Inventory of Naturalization Declarations of Intent at the Texas State Archives, 1855 and 1867-1869 (bulk 1855)
Jurisdiction to naturalize persons as citizens of the United States extends to state courts having a seal, a clerk, and jurisdiction in law and/or equity in which the amount of controversy is unlimited (U.S.C.A. 8 Sec. 1421). The Texas Supreme Court meets these naturalization jurisdiction requirements and has been used by foreign nationals seeking United States citizenship.
Records consist of a volume used by the clerk of the Texas Supreme Court during the Court's Galveston term to record naturalization declarations of intention by foreign nationals to become a citizen of the United States of America. There are approximately fifty declarations that date from 1855 and 1867-1869; the majority are from 1855. In the declaration, the applicant swears his intention to become a United States citizen and renounces all allegiance to foreign rulers, especially the applicant's former sovereign, such as the King of Prussia or Emperor of Austria. These oaths were sworn before a clerk of the Texas Supreme Court and include the signature of the applicant and the clerk.
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Naturalization declarations of intent, Galveston Term, Texas Supreme Court. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1994/105
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library on June 3, 1994. The ledger was originally donated to the Austin History Center by Mrs. Stuart E. Buckley who had received it from Max Bickler, former clerk of the Texas Supreme Court.
Paul Beck, June 1994
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