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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John W. Gates Papers, 1910-1926



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gates, John Warne, 1855-1911
Title: Gates, John Warne, Papers
Dates: 1910-1926
Abstract: The John Warne Gates papers (1910-1926) consist of correspondence, legal and financial records, articles and clippings.
Accession No.: 2016-093
OCLC No.: 946046812
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Warne Gates (1855-1911) was born in Winfield, Illinois and studied bookkeeping, penmanship, and business law at Northwest College in Naperville, Illinois. Gates found work as a barbed-wire salesman for the Washburn-Moen Company in 1876 and found tremendous success selling barbed wire to cattlemen in Texas. He later left Washburn-Moen and formed the Southern Wire Company with his partner Alfred Clifford.

Gates was later involved in several steel and wire companies, and invested heavily in railroads. Gates was also instrumental in kicking off the modern petroleum era. Through the creation of the Texas Oil Company (now known as Texaco), Gates provided necessary funding for the Spindletop oil field, which struck oil in 1901. He was also heavily involved in the development of Port Arthur, Texas. He died on August 9, 1911.

Source:

“Gates, John Warne,” Handbook of Texas History, accessed 3/24/16, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fga41.

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Scope and Contents

The John Warne Gates papers (1910-1926) consist of correspondence, legal and financial records, articles and clippings.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gates, John Warne, 1855-1911 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Texaco, inc.
Subjects
Railroads -- History
Petroleum industry and trade -- Texas -- Beaumont Region -- History
Places
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Warne Gates Papers, 1910-1926, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, March 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/L97 Correspondence, 1910-1911
Telegrams, 1910-1911
Articles and clippings, 1911
Texas Commercial Secretaries Special News Service Bulletins, [ca. 1910-1912]
Thorburn v. Gates, Hermann, et al. brief, 1918
Dellora A. Norris Trust and Edward J. Baker Trust financial records, 1925-1926
box
2.325/D19b Texas livestock maps, [ca. 1910]
(Maps include newspaper clippings pasted onto back. )

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