University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joseph Draper Sayers Papers, 1834-1911



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sayers, Joseph Draper, 1841-1929
Title: Sayers, Joseph Draper Papers
Dates: 1834-1911
Abstract: Correspondence, essays, a biography, speeches, clippings, a purchase journal, checks, an inventory, endorsements, tables, promissory notes, bills, laws, invitations and photographs comprise the Joseph Draper Sayers Papers, 1834-1911, documenting Sayers’ political career and personal life.
Accession No.: 1923
Extent: 1 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Texas governor Joseph Draper Sayers (1841-1929) moved to Bastrop, Texas, from Mississippi with his father in 1851. Sayers attended the Bastrop Military Institute from 1852 until 1860 and joined the Confederate Army in 1861. He served in the Fifth Regiment, Mounted Volunteers until 1864 when he achieved the rank of major and joined the staff of Major General Thomas Green. He returned to Bastrop and practiced law for ten years with his partner, George W. Jones.

Sayers served in the Texas Senate in 1873, chaired the Democratic state executive committee from 1875 to 1878, and served as lieutenant governor from 1879 to 1881. After his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1884, Sayers served on the committee for naval affairs and the committee for appropriations. Additionally, he helped secure long delayed back payment for the Texas Rangers. With the support of Edwin M. House, he won both the 1898 and 1900 Texas gubernatorial elections. During his terms as governor, Sayers weathered several major disasters, including Texas State Penitentiary fire, the Brazos Flood of 1899, and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

Following his governorship and before his death in 1929, Sayers practiced law in San Antonio, became a regent for the University of Texas in 1916, chaired the state Industrial Accident Board from 1913 to 1915, and sat on both the board of legal examiners and the board of pardon advisors.

Source:

"Sayers, Joseph Draper," Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed March 26, 2012 http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/fsa41.html.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, essays, a biography, speeches, clippings, a purchase journal, checks, an inventory, endorsements, tables, promissory notes, bills, laws, invitations and photographs comprise the Joseph Draper Sayers Papers, 1834-1911, and relate to Sayers’ political career and personal life. His correspondence includes letters from and to his wife, letters during his term as a United States congressman, letters from Governor C. A. Culberson, political endorsements, and invitations. Additionally, the papers contain personal financial records; clippings, scrapbooks, and biographical sketches pertaining to Sayers; and photographs relating to Sayers’ political career.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sayers, Joseph Draper, 1841-1929 -- Archives.
Culberson, Charles A. (Charles Allen), 1855-1925.
House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. Senate
United States. Congress. House -- History -- 19th century.
Texas. Governor (1898-1902 : Sayers)
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects
Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston--1900.
Lawyers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Lawyers -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Politicians -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Politicians -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Governors -- Texas.
Places
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Bastrop (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Washington (D.C.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Draper Sayers Papers, 1834-1911, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2K171 Correspondence:
Mr. and Mrs. Sayers
Congressman Sayers
Governor C. A. Culberson
Invitations
Endorsements, 1903-1904
Masonic copy letters, 1874
Financial papers:
Land transactions, 1834-1870
Checks, receipts, promissory notes
Purchase journals:
1867-1868
1882-1885
1887-1889
1891-1895
box
2K172 Clippings and scrapbooks:
1888
1893-1894
1896
1897-1898
Biographical sketches:
Sayers
Tom Green
A. S. Johnston
box
2K173 Directories:
Texas constituents, candidates for state offices, 1898
Guest list at Mansion, 1900
Printed material
box
3T112 Photographs:
Governor and Mrs. Sayers
Sayers and others on Capitol steps
Austin Dam [ca. 1898]
Alexander Watkins Terrel
Turkish officials
Postcard of St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia