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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Littleton Fowler Papers, 1826-1883



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fowler, Littleton, 1803-1846
Title: Fowler, Littleton, papers
Dates: 1826-1883
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, receipts, and legal documents, the Littleton Fowler Papers, 1826-1883, concern Fowler family affairs, the activities of Methodist Missions, and education in Texas.
Accession No.: 1941
Extent: 1 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Methodist minister Littleton Fowler (1803-1846) was born to Godfrey and Clara (Wright) Fowler in Smith County, Tennessee. After moving to Caldwell County, Kentucky, Fowler converted to Methodism and started preaching in 1826. He lived in Alabama and Georgia before moving to Texas in 1837. Settling in Houston, he became responsible for establishing Methodist churches and other church activities in East Texas. Fowler organized the first Sunday School in Texas with Martin Ruter and laid the cornerstone of the Methodist Church in San Augustine with General Thomas J. Rusk. In 1838, Fowler married widow Missouri M. Lockwood Porter, with whom he had a daughter and a son, Methodist minister Littleton Morris Fowler. Fowler became superintendent of the Texas Mission in 1838 and recruited numerous local and Tennessee preachers, including Jesse Hord and Isaac L.G. Strickland. He also served as elder of the San Augustine District (1840) and of the Lake Soda Distrct (1842-1845) for the Texas Annual Conference; an agent of Rutersville College (1841-1842); and a trustee of Wesleyan College (1840s). After submitting a successful resolution to split the Texas Annual Conference, Fowler served as elder for the Sabine District in the new Eastern Texas Conference in 1845.

Source:

Spellmann, Norman W. "Fowler, Littleton."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 3, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffo25.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, receipts, and legal documents, the Littleton Fowler Papers, 1826-1883, concern Fowler family affairs, the activities of Methodist Missions, and education in Texas. The seven volumes of photocopied and transcribed correspondence includes letters to Littleton Fowler from his brothers, L. Campbell, J. W. Hanner, Nathan Bangs, Isaac L. G. Strickland, and others, as well as business letters to Fowler and missives between members of the Woolam family. Additionally, the collection includes one volume of photocopied and transcribed receipts, five legal documents, ten tributes to Fowler, and five of his commission certificates.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fowler, Littleton, 1803-1846 -- Archives.
Fowler family.
Woolam family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church -- Clergy.
Methodist Church -- Texas.
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Clergy.
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Texas.
Subjects
Missionaries -- Texas.
Places
Houston (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Texas, East -- History -- 19th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Littleton Fowler Papers, 1826-1883, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2D156 Letters, 1837-1843
(5 volumes)
box
2D157 Letters, 1844-1883
(2 volumes)
Receipts, notes, and fragments
(1 volume)

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