A Guide to the Alexander Horton Reminiscences, 1891
Early Texas settler and civic leader Alexander Horton (1810-1894) came to Texas from North Carolina with his mother in 1823 and settled on the Attoyac River. Horton participated in suppressing the Fredonian Rebellion in 1827. On August 2, 1832, he fought in the battle of Nacogdoches under his brother-in-law, Captain James Whitis Bullock. After serving as the sheriff of Ayish Bayou, later known as San Augustine, from 1831 to 1835, Horton attended the Consultation at San Felipe. In 1836, he was appointed aide-de-camp and secretary to Sam Houston and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. Following the Texas Revolution, he continued his career as a government and city official, holding positions such as president of the board of land commissioners (1838), collector of customs in San Augustine (1838-1839), sheriff of San Augustine (1844), mayor of San Augustine, and representative of San Augustine and Sabine counties in the Fifteenth Texas Legislature (1876). He died near San Augustine in 1894.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Horton, Alexander,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho63.html (accessed July 21, 2010).
An autobiography and a biographical sketch of Alexander Horton comprise the Alexander Horton Reminiscences, 1891, and document Horton’s activities as a soldier and civic leader. The narratives record Horton’s life from his immigration to Texas in 1824 to the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, focusing on his activities as Sam Houston’s aide-de-camp and secretary. Furthermore, the reminiscences relate to his family’s settlement near San Augustine, his role in the Fredonian Rebellion, the battle of Nacogdoches, and the Consultation of 1835.
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Alexander Horton Reminiscences, 1891, 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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