Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1887-1888


Creator: Texas. Governor (1887-1891: Ross)
Title: Records
Dates: 1887-1888
Abstract: Records are correspondence and proclamations dating from 1887 to 1888, and are documents from Lawrence Sullivan Ross' first term as governor of Texas.
Quantity: 0.24 cubic ft.
Language English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

Lawrence Sullivan Ross was governor of Texas from January 18, 1887 to January 20, 1891. Although born in Iowa on September 27, 1838, Sul Ross became a Texan before his first birthday, when his family settled in Milam County. The family moved to Austin in 1846 and Waco in 1849, where Ross' father was U.S. Indian agent on the Brazos Reservation. Ross attended Baylor University and graduated from Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama. In 1860 the ranger company which he commanded recaptured Cynthia Ann Parker. During the Civil War, Ross fought in 135 battles or skirmishes, rising to command Ross' Brigade as brigadier general. He farmed near Waco until he was elected sheriff of McLennan County in 1873, achieving a reputation for effectiveness. Ross was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1875 and a state senator in 1881-1882. He easily won the governor's chair in 1886. During his terms in office, progress was made in the sale and leasing of public lands, the regulation of railroads, and the establishment of eleemosynary institutions, and a state prohibition amendment was defeated. Ross' second inauguration took place in the new state capitol building. In 1891 he became president of Texas A&M College, ending an eight-year vacancy in that post. Ross died near Bryan, Texas on January 3, 1898.

Scope and Contents of the Records

Records are correspondence and proclamations dating from 1887 to 1888, and are documents from Lawrence Sullivan Ross' first term as governor of Texas. Correspondence includes letters of resignation from various appointed state and local officials, as well as letters of introduction and letters requesting and recommending appointments. A few documents relate to quarantines to protect against cholera and yellow fever and one document relates to the Houston and Texas Central Railway Company.


Arrangement of the Records

Arrangement is chronological.


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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, 1838-1898.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Document Types:

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Secretary of State, Executive record books, 1835-1917, 14 reels of microfilm
Texas Secretary of State, Executive clemency records, 1840, 1845-2002, 103.62 cubic ft., 168 reels of microfilm (originals), 22 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Benner, Judith Ann. Sul Ross, soldier, statesman, educator. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1983. [See bibliography for list of archival sources.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Records, Texas Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

No accession information for these records was located.

Processing Information

June 1984

Tonia J. Wood, November 1995

Detailed Description of the Records


Records, 1887-1888,
0.24 cubic ft.

Box Folder
301-124 1. Correspondence, February 1887
2. Correspondence, April 1887
3. Correspondence, May 1887
4. Correspondence, June 1887
4A. Correspondence, August 1887
5. Correspondence, September 1887
6. Correspondence, October 1887
7. Correspondence, November 1887
8. Correspondence, December 1887
9. Correspondence, January 1888
10. Correspondence, February 1888
11. Correspondence, March 1888
12. Correspondence, April 1888
13. Correspondence, May 1888
14. Correspondence, July 1888
15. Correspondence, August 1888
16. Correspondence, November 1888
17. Correspondence, December 1888