University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Francis William Seabury Papers, 1714-1946



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Seabury, Francis William
Title: Seabury, Francis William, Papers
Dates: 1714-1946
Abstract: Letters, genealogies, abstracts of title, affidavits, appeals, attachments, bills of sale, bonds, briefs, checks, contracts, deeds, insurance policies, leases, mortgages, opinions, summons, wills, notes, maps, and broadsides comprise the Francis William Seabury Papers (1714-1946), which document Seabury’s career as an attorney and legislator.
Accession No.: 1953; 87-339
Extent: 11 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Francis William Seabury, attorney, legislator, and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 10, 1868. He attended Norfolk preparatory academy and the University of Virginia, graduating in 1888. Seabury moved to Texas in 1890, settling in Brownsville, and was admitted to the bar in 1891. He became the city attorney of Brownsville by 1894. In 1895, Seabury moved to Rio Grande City, opened another law practice, and learned Spanish. He became known for writing bilingual political articles in Rio Grande Valley newspapers. In 1895, Seabury was elected to the 24th Texas Legislature, representing the entire lower Rio Grande Valley. Seabury served in the legislature until 1907. During his last term, Seabury served as the Speaker of the House, and participated in the first comprehensive law authorizing and regulating corporate banking. In 1907, Seabury became the county attorney for Starr County and returned to his private law practice in 1909. He retired in 1945, and died in Houston in 1946.

Source: Legislative Library of Texas, "Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives, 1846-Present," http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legis/leaders/speakerbio.html (accessed May 19, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Letters, genealogies, abstracts of title, affidavits, appeals, attachments, bills of sale, bonds, briefs, checks, contracts, deeds, insurance policies, leases, mortgages, opinions, summons, wills, notes, maps, and broadsides comprise the Francis William Seabury Papers (1714-1946), which document Seabury’s career as an attorney and legislator. The papers consist of correspondence and case records relating to various litigations, during Seabury’s career. Furthermore, the papers contain genealogical information, Seabury’s personal papers, and personal correspondence.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

A portion of the papers is restricted due to preservation concerns.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Seabury, Francis William, 1868-1945--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives--Speakers--History.
Subjects
Lawyers--Texas.
Places
Brownsville (Tex.)
Rio Grande City (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Francis William Seabury Papers, 1714-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

INVENTORY:

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2G153 Genealogy
Correspondence:
1815-1906
1907
January-June, 1908
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2G154 July-December, 1908
1909
January-August, 1910
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2G155 September-December, 1910
September-December, 1910
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2G156 November-December, 1911
1912
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2G157 1913
January-May, 1914
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2G158 June-December, 1914
1915
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2G159 1916-1918
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2G160 1919-1920
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2G161 1921-1925
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2G162 1926-1939
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2G163 1940-1946
Undated
Fragments
Family papers, 1714-1895
Genealogical papers
School notebooks
Drawing books
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2G164 Personal papers:
Insurance policies
Mortgages and property
Tax material
Bank statements and notes
War bonds
Checks
Receipts
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2G165 Defense council of Brownsville
Democratic campaign of 1944
Abstracts of title:
Felipe Barrera Hinojosa to Alejandro Farias
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2G166 Francisco Farias to Joseph Salvador García
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2G167 Andres de la Garza for supplement to Porciones 80 and 81
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2G168 Victoriano Gonzáles to Edward C. Lasater
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2G169 Matías and Vicente Longoria to Antonio G. Ramírez
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2.325/D42a Matías Longoria documents [oversized]
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2G170 José Miguel Ramírez to José Matías, Rafael, and Manuel Ramírez
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2G171 Lino Ramírez to Saragosa Salinas
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2G172 Diego Valle to Pauline J. Wells
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2G173 Juan P. Yzaguirre
Nicolas Zapata
Camargo Archives
Camargo Charter
Camargo Church Records
Zapata County Land Tracts
Pilar Zarate
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2F282 Litigation material:
Francisco Balli to Mrs. S. A. Dudley
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2G174 Dionisio Elizondo to Fernando Flores Flores
José Antonio Flores [photocopies]
Segundo Flores to José María Gómez Garza
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2G175 Jesús Guerra González to Vicente Longoria
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2G176 Marcelino López to Adolfo Solís
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2G177 Juan Treanor to Pilar Zarate
Briefs and opinions:
"Abatement and Revival" to "Justices of the Peace"
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2G178 "Libel and Slander" to "Witnesses"
Real Estate Business papers:
Myers Tract
Valley View Plantation
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2G179 Iowa Gardens
Fairview Plantation
El Ciprés Ranch
George Brown Tract
Louisiana-Rio Grande Canal Company
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3S178 Indentures
Statements
Receipts
Power of attorney certificate
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FILM 835.76 Genealogical ledger [microfilm]
RESTRICTED FOR PRESERVATION PURPOSES
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2M216 Litigation material: José Antonio Flores
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4N66e Genealogical ledger