A Guide to the Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911
Rhode Island-born Galen Hodges (1813-1884) moved to Texas by 1838 and settled in Matagorda County. A leader in the community, Hodges served in various capacities, including postmaster, alderman, surveyor, and general inspector. Additionally, he was a chairman of the Matagorda county Democratic executive committee as well as a treasurer of the Southern Rights Association. For approximately one year, 1858-1859, Hodges owned the Matagorda Gazette, a weekly newspaper. He died in 1884 en route to a meeting of Confederate veterans.
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Hodges, Galen," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho11.html (accessed July 20, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Matagorda Gazette," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/eem9.html (accessed July 21, 2010).
Correspondence, financial records, legal documents, inventories, wills, court records, surveys, mortgages, contracts, powers-of-attorney, receipts, a charter, a diary, broadsides, clippings, a military discharge, and a muster roll comprise the Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911. Most of the material pertains to Hodges’ business and financial activities in Matagorda, Texas, particularly in regard to ginning, hides, land, railroad, and stage line enterprises. The papers also relate to Hodges’ trip abroad, 1857, and to his nephew, Robert Ludington’s affiliation with Company D, 6th Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army.
The collection is open for research.
Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911, 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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