A Guide to the David Thomas Papers, 1836, 1927
David Thomas was a soldier, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the ad interim attorney general and the acting secretary of war for the Republic of Texas in 1836. Thomas was born around 1801 and came to Texas in 1835. He served as a representative of the Refugio Municipality at the Convention of 1836, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. On March 17, Thomas was elected attorney general by the Convention. In addition, he was later named acting Secretary of War when Thomas Rusk left the cabinet to join the army. In April 1836, Thomas was accidentally shot and wounded while aboard a steamship bound for Galveston. He died several days later and was buried near Vice-President Lorenzo de Zavala’s home on Buffalo Bayou.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “David Thomas,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/fth7.html (accessed May 19, 2010).
The David Thomas papers (1836, 1927) contain two letters as well as a newspaper clipping from 1927. The first letter was written by Thomas to his brother H. I. Thomas and concerns the work of the Convention of 1836, the Alamo, and the movements of the Texas army. George M. Patrick wrote the second letter informing H. I. Thomas of his brother’s death. The newspaper clipping details the donation of the first letter to the University of Texas and contains the letter’s text.
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David Thomas Papers, 1836, 1927, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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