A Guide to the John Thomas Brackenridge Papers, 1840-1906
John Thomas Brackenridge (1828-1906), a graduate of Indiana State University and Bloomington Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1851. He worked as a lawyer and merchant in Boonville, Indiana, 1851-1854, before moving to Texana, Texas where he was also a merchant, 1854-1861. Brackenridge joined the Confederate Army in 1862 and served as both a captain of cavalry and a major. After the Civil War, in 1866 Brackenridge worked as a cashier at the San Antonio National Bank and by 1877 became president of the First National Bank of Austin. He died in 1906.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Brackenridge, John Thomas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbr3.html (accessed June 29, 2010).
The John Thomas Brackenridge Papers, 1840-1906 include receipts, leases, deeds, bills of sale, powers of attorney, inventories, speeches, a diary, correspondence, account books, abstracts of titles, legal papers, and newspaper clippings. The papers concern Brackenridge’s career as a lawyer and merchant in Boonville, Indiana, as a merchant in Texana, as an officer in the Confederate Army, as a cashier at the San Antonio National Bank, as president of the First National Bank of Austin, and as a landowner in Texas. Furthermore, the papers relate to Brackenridge’s political activities and personal affairs. The papers also include materials of family members, such as a day book and a ledger belonging to both John Thomas and John Adams Brackenridge.
John Thomas Brackenridge Papers, 1840-1906, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Lynn Bell, November 1984.
Detailed Description of the Papers