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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jesse Grimes Papers, 1834-1854



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866
Title: Grimes, Jesse, Papers
Dates: 1834-1854
Abstract: Photostats and transcripts of letters comprise the Jesse Grimes Papers, 1834-1854, which document Grimes’ military and political career in Texas.
Accession No.: 1954
Extent: 6 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The son of Sampson and Bethsheba (Winder) Grimes, Texas judge and legislator Jesse Grimes (1788-1866) was born in Duplin County, North Carolina. In 1817, he moved to Washington County, Alabama. Grimes’ first wife, and the mother of nine of his children, Martha Smith, died in 1824. In 1826, he married Rosanna Ward, with whom he had six children, and the family moved to Texas. After a temporary stay in Stephen F. Austin’s colony, the family settled on Grimes Prairie, now in Grimes County.

In 1829, Grimes was named first lieutenant of the First Company, Battalion of Austin and quickly became involved in local politics, serving as treasurer of the Viesca district (1832) and as Judge for the jurisdiction of Austin (1834), among other positions. Named a member of the General Council of the provisional government, Grimes represented the Washington municipality at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. That same year, the Texas government appointed him to organize a Washington County militia. Grimes served in the Texas Congress (1836-1837, 1841-1845) representing Washington, Montgomery, and Brazos counties. After annexation, he was a member of the Senate of the First through Fourth Texas Legislatures (1846-1853).

Source:

Kemp, L. W. “Grimes, Jesse.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 16, 2010.

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Scope and Contents

Photostats and transcripts of letters comprise the Jesse Grimes Papers, 1834-1854, which document Grimes’ military and political career in Texas. The five letters written to Grimes (1834-1854) relate to his military service, support of Anson Jones and Thomas J. Rusk, and appointment as a judge. Correspondents include Jones, Rusk, David G. Burnet, and Sam Houston. Additionally, a letter from Andrew Jackson to Sam Houston (1842) gives Jackson’s opinions on an invasion of Mexico and other Texas military issues.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Burnet, David Gouverneur, 1789-1870
Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866 -- Archives
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857
Subjects
Politicians -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Places
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836
Texas -- Militia -- History -- 19th century
Texas -- Politics and government -- 19th century

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Related Material

See also The Jesse Grimes Papers in the Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jesse Grimes Papers, 1834-1854, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2D223 Letters, 1834-1854

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