A Guide to the Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865
Born in Virginia, Alexander T. Gayle (1815-1857) married Frances A. Sutherland. He trained as a civil engineer and operated the brig Argo between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas. After moving to Texas in 1836, he raised cattle and sheep as well as bred horses with the help of several slaves. In 1844, Gayle relocated to Texana and seven years later founded an Episcopal Church there. A loyal democrat, he became Jackson County commissioner in 1850 and county surveyor in 1852.
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Gayle, Alexander T.,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fga46.html (accessed July 19, 2010).
Correspondence, certificates, financial papers, and broadsides comprise the Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865. The collection pertains to economic development of Southern Texas; Gayle’s activities as captain and owner of the brig Argo; his business maters with a brother; and his political career.
This collection is open for research use.
Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865, 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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