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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

B. H. Epperson Documents:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Epperson, B. H. (Benjamin Holland).
Title: B. H. Epperson Documents
Inclusive Dates: 1846-1861
Abstract: B. H. (Benjamin Holland) Epperson, lawyer, politician, and entrepreneur, was born in Amite County, Mississippi in 1826. A former student at Princeton University, Epperson came to Texas in 1841 and studied law. His license to practice law was issued in 1846 in Red River County. Active in Texas politics, Epperson was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor in 1851, served multiple terms in the Texas State Legislature, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1866 only to be refused his seat. In 1856, he became a charter director of the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad Company and served as president of that company from 1866 to 1870. In 1871, Epperson moved to Jefferson where he continued to practice law and remained active in politics and business until his health failed in 1877. Epperson died September 6, 1878. This collection is comprised of three original legal documents: his license to practice law, 1846; and two deeds pertaining to the estate of Cairo Epperson, 1858 and 1861.
Identification: GA212
Extent: 1 folder ( 0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

B. H. (Benjamin Holland) Epperson, lawyer, politician, and entrepreneur, was born in Amite County, Mississippi in 1826. A former student at Princeton University, he came to Texas in 1841, and studied law. His license to practice law was issued in 1846 in Red River County. Active in Texas politics, Epperson was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor in 1851, served multiple terms in the Texas State Legislature, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1866 only to be refused his seat. In 1856, he became a charter director of the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad Company and served as president of that company from 1866 to 1870. In 1871, Epperson moved to Jefferson where he continued to practice law and remained active in politics and business until his health failed in 1877. Epperson died September 6, 1878.

SOURCES:

  • Taylor, Virginia H., The Franco-Texan Land Company, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1969.
  • Wooster, Ralph A., "Epperson, Benjamin Holland, "Handbook of Texas Online, (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fep01), accessed May 16, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of three original legal documents recorded in Red River County, Texas: Epperson's license to practice law, December 9, 1846; deed from William M. and Elizabeth A. Harrison to Epperson for an interest in estate of Cairo Epperson, August 1, 1858; and B. H. Epperson to Richard E. Cleveland, guardian for minor heirs of the estate of Cairo Epperson, November 14, 1861.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Epperson, B. H.--(Benjamin Holland)--1826-1878--Archives.
Places
Red River County (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Related Material

Benjamin Holland Epperson Papers, 1834-1876, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Jimmy Bryan, 2007 .

Citation

B. H. Epperson Documents, 1846-1861, GA212, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2007.

Accessioned as number 2009-104.

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