Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor Samuel W.T. Lanham:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1901-1907



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1903-1907: Lanham)
Title: Records
Dates: 1901-1907
Abstract: Types of records are correspondence, reports, telegrams, petitions, opinions of the Attorney General and the Railroad Commission, proclamations, lists, letterpress books, bill analyses, and financial records dating from 1901 to 1907. Documents are records of Samuel W.T. Lanham's terms as governor of Texas. Much correspondence relates to pardons, rewards, extraditions, and requisitions, as well as requests and recommendations for appointment to office.
Quantity: 6.58 cubic ft.
Language English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham served as governor of Texas from January 20, 1903 to January 15, 1907. Born (1846) and raised in South Carolina, Lanham was the last Confederate soldier to serve as governor of Texas. He immigrated to Texas in 1866 with his wife, settling in Red River County, and then in Weatherford in Parker County. Teaching school while he studied law, Lanham was admitted to the bar in 1869. He was soon appointed district attorney for the 11th District, covering most of West Texas. His early career was marked by the successful prosecution of the Kiowas Satanta and Big Tree. He served as U.S. Congressman from the 11th District, 1882 to 1892 and 1896 to 1902. Twice elected governor, in 1902 and 1904, Lanham presided over the creation of two reform election laws, which required filing of campaign expenditures (Lanham spent only $20 on his 1904 campaign) and provided uniform primaries for major political parties. An important anti-trust law was passed, and two schools of higher education opened: the College of Industrial Arts at Denton, and Southwest Texas Normal School at San Marcos. Lanham died on July 29, 1908.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records are correspondence, reports, telegrams, petitions, opinions of the Attorney General and the Railroad Commission, proclamations, lists, letterpress books, bill analyses, and financial records dating from 1901 to 1907. Documents are records of Samuel W.T. Lanham's terms as governor of Texas. Much correspondence relates to pardons, rewards, extraditions, and requisitions, as well as requests and recommendations for appointment to office. Subjects covered are prohibition (the Willacy bill); reform of election laws; exemption of merchants, lawyers, and dentists from paying occupation taxes; and transportation. Included are recommendations of the Railroad Commission concerning the development of street car lines and mergers of railroads. Correspondents include federal, state, and local officials, and citizens of Texas.


 

Arrangement of the Records

Arrangement is by type of material, then chronological.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

Technical Requirements

None.


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:
Lanham, Samuel W. T. (Samuel Willis Tucker), 1840-1908.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Railroad Commission of Texas.
Texas. Attorney-General's Office.
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Pardon--Texas.
Election law--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--1901-1907.
Reports--Texas--Governors--1901-1907.
Financial records--Texas--Governors--1901-1907.
Letterpress copybooks--Texas--Governors--1901-1907.
Opinions--Texas--Governors--1901-1907.
Functions:
Appointing.
Pardoning.

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)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Records, Texas Governor Samuel W.T. Lanham. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1930/003, 1936/002

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Governor Ross S. Sterling on July 7, 1931 and by the Texas Governor's Office on October 8, 1936.

Processing Information

June 1984

Tonia J. Wood, December 1995


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Records, 1901-1907,
6.58 cubic ft.

Box
301-206 Correspondence, January 5, 1901-December 29, 1902
Correspondence, January 1-16, 1903
Correspondence, January 17-20, 1903
Correspondence, January 21-26, 1903
Correspondence, January 27-31, 1903
Correspondence, February 1-5, 1903
Correspondence, February 6-9, 1903
Correspondence, February 10-14, 1903
Correspondence, February 15-19, 1903
Correspondence, February 20-23, 1903
Correspondence, February 24-29, 1903
Correspondence, March 1-6, 1903
Correspondence, March 7-11, 1903
Correspondence, March 12-14, 1903
Correspondence, March 15-19, 1903
Correspondence, March 20-24, 1903
Correspondence, March 25, 1903
Correspondence, March 26-31, 1903
Correspondence, April 1-3, 1903
Box
301-207 Correspondence, April 4-7, 1903
Correspondence, April 8-10, 1903
Correspondence, April 11-17, 1903
Correspondence, April 18-22, 1903
Correspondence, April 23-27, 1903
Correspondence, April 28-29, 1903
Correspondence, April 30, 1903
Correspondence, May 1-2, 1903
Correspondence, May 3-4, 1903
Correspondence, May 5-6, 1903
Correspondence, May 7-8, 1903
Correspondence, May 9-11, 1903
Correspondence, May 12-13, 1903
Correspondence, May 14-15, 1903
Correspondence, May 16-19, 1903
Correspondence, May 20-24, 1903
Correspondence, May 25-26, 1903
Correspondence, May 27-31, 1903
Box
301-208 Correspondence, June 1-5, 1903
Correspondence, June 6-9, 1903
Correspondence, June 10-16, 1903
Correspondence, June 17-18, 1903
Correspondence, June 19-25, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, June 26-July 3, 1903, July 4-9, 1903
Correspondence, July 10-15, 1903
Correspondence, July 16-20, 1903
Correspondence, July 21-23, 1903
Correspondence, July 24-29, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, July 30-August 4, 1903
Correspondence, August 5-7, 1903
Correspondence, August 8-14, 1903
Correspondence, August 15-19, 1903
Correspondence, August 20-25, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, August 26-31, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, September 1-3, 1903
Correspondence, September 4-7, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, September 8-10, 1903
Correspondence, September 11-15, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, September 16-22, 1903
Correspondence, September 23-28, 1903
Box
301-209 Correspondence, September 29-October 2, 1903
Correspondence, October 3-10, 1903
Correspondence, October 12-17, 1903
Correspondence, October 18-24, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, October 25-November 1, 1903
Correspondence, November 2-8, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, November 9-14, 1903
Correspondence, November 16-23, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, November 24-December 5, 1903
Correspondence, December 6-14, 1903
Correspondence, December 15-26, 1903
Correspondence and Reports, December 27-31, 1903
Correspondence, 1903 & undated
Correspondence and Reports, January 1-6, 1904
Correspondence, January 7-11, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, January 12-14, 1904
Correspondence, January 15-20, 1904
Correspondence, January 21-26, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, January 27-29, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, January 20-February 2, 1904
Correspondence, February 3-9, 1904
Correspondence, February 10-19, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, February 20-25, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, February 26-March 1, 1904
Correspondence, March 2-7, 1904
Box
301-210 Correspondence and Reports, March 8-13, 1904
Correspondence, March 14-17, 1904
Correspondence, March 18-25, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, March 27-April 4, 1904
Correspondence, April 5-14, 1904
Correspondence, April 15-21, 1904
Correspondence, April 22-27, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, April 28-May 5, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, May 6-12, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, May 13-20, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, May 21-31, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, June 1-5, 1904
Correspondence, June 6-12, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, June 13-19, 1904
Correspondence, June 20-26, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, June 27-July 1, 1904
Correspondence, July 2-8, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, July 9-15, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, July 16-21, 1904
Correspondence, July 22-28, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, July 29-August 9, 1904
Correspondence, August 10-15, 1904
Correspondence, August 16-21, 1904
Correspondence, August 22-26, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, August 27-31, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, September 1-6, 1904
Box
301-211 Correspondence, September 7-12, 1904
Correspondence, September 13-18, 1904
Correspondence, September 19-21, 1904
Correspondence, September 22-24, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, September 26-30, 1904
Correspondence, October 1-6, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, October 7-12, 1904
Correspondence, October 13-19, 1904
Correspondence, October 20-25, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, October 26-31, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, November 1-11, 1904
Correspondence, November 12-21, 1904
Correspondence, November 22-28, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, November 29-30, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, December 1-6, 1904
Correspondence, December 7-13, 1904
Correspondence, December 14-17, 1904
Correspondence and Reports, December 19-31, 1904
Correspondence, 1904 & undated
Correspondence and Reports, January 1-6, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, January 7-10, 1905
Correspondence, January 11-17, 1905
Correspondence, January 18-25, 1905
Correspondence, January 16-31, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, February 1-6, 1905
Box
301-212 Correspondence and Reports, February 7-10, 1905
Correspondence, February 11-20, 1905
Correspondence, February 21-28, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, March 1-3, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, March 4-9, 1905
Correspondence, March 10-15, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, March 16-22, 1905
Correspondence, March 23-28, 1905
Correspondence, March 29-31, 1905
Correspondence, April 1-6, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, April 7-12, 1905
Correspondence, April 13-17, 1905
Correspondence, April 18-21, 1905
Correspondence, April 22-25, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, April 26-May 1, 1905
Correspondence, May 2-3, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, May 4-8, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, May 9-14, 1905
Correspondence, May 15-18, 1905
Correspondence, May 19-24, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, May 25-31, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, June 1-7, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, June 8-12, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, June 13-19, 1905
Correspondence, June 20-25, 1905
Box
301-213 Correspondence, June 26-30, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, July 1-4, 1905
Correspondence, July 5-7, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, July 8-10, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, July 11-15, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, July 16-21, 1905
Correspondence, July 22-25, 1905
Correspondence, July 26-31, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, August 1-3, 1905
Correspondence, August 4-9, 1905
Correspondence, August 10-11, 1905
Correspondence, August 12-18, 1905
Correspondence, August 19-22, 1905
Correspondence, August 23-26, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, August 27-31, 1905
Reports, August 31, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, September 1-5, 1905
Correspondence, September 6-12, 1905
Correspondence, September 13-19, 1905
Correspondence, September 20-26, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, September 27-30, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, October 1-5, 1905
Box
301-214 Correspondence and Reports, October 6-9, 1905
Correspondence, October 10-12, 1905
Correspondence, October 13-17, 1905
Correspondence, October 18-20, 1905
Correspondence, October 21-26, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, October 27-31, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, November 1-4, 1905
Correspondence, November 5-13, 1905
Correspondence, November 14-20, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, November 21-30, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, December 1-6, 1905
Correspondence, December 7-14, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, December 15-21, 1905
Correspondence and Reports, December 22-31, 1905
Correspondence, 1905 & undated
Correspondence and Reports, January 1-4, 1906
Correspondence, January 5-9, 1906
Correspondence, January 10-20, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, January 21-31, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, February 1-7, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, February 8-20, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, February 21-March 3, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, March 5-9, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, March 10-24, 1906
Box
301-215 Correspondence, March 25-April 2, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, April 3-9, 1906
Correspondence, April 10-17, 1906
Correspondence, April 18-25, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, April 27-May 3, 1906
Correspondence, May 4-12, 1906
Correspondence, May 14-24, 1906
Correspondence, May 25-31, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, June 1-6, 1906
Correspondence, June 7-13, 1906
Correspondence, June 14-21, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, June 22-30, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, July 1-6, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, July 7-13, 1906
Correspondence, July 14-19, 1906
Correspondence, July 20-24, 1906
Correspondence, July 25-31, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, August 1-4, 1906
Correspondence, August 5-12, 1906
Correspondence, August 14-24, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, August 25-September 3, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, September 5-11, 1906
Correspondence, September 12-20, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, September 21-30, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, October 1-5, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, October 6-12, 1906
Box
301-216 Correspondence, October 13-16, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, October 17-23, 1906
Correspondence, October 24-28, 1906
Correspondence, October 29-31, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, November 1-6, 1906
Correspondence, November 7-12, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, November 13-20, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, November 21-30, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, December 1-6, 1906
Correspondence, December 7-18, 1906
Correspondence and Reports, December 19, 1906-March 14, 1907
Correspondence, 1906 & undated
Correspondence, January-February, undated
Correspondence, March-May, undated
Correspondence, June-August, undated
Correspondence, September-October, undated
Correspondence, November-December, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Box
301-217 Letterpress, January 21-June 29, 1903
Letterpress, June 29-December 9, 1903
Letterpress, December 9, 1903-July 1, 1904
Box
301-218 Letterpress, July 1, 1904-January 5, 1905
Letterpress, January 5, 1905-July 31, 1905
Letterpress, July 31, 1905-January 5, 1906
Box
301-219 Letterpress, January 6, 1906-July 18, 1906
Letterpress, July 18, 1906-January 10, 1907