A Guide to the William Scudder Hamilton Diary, 1842-1846
Methodist minister William Scudder Hamilton (1815-1873) was born to John Ross and Sarah Ellen Scudder Hamilton in Princeton, New Jersey. After attending Princeton College, Hamilton served as a United States District Attorney before he and his parents moved to Cedar Bayou in the Republic of Texas. In 1842, Hamilton became a minister in the Methodist Church, later teaching at Rutersville College and directing a Methodist school in Seguin. In 1846, he married Louisa McIntosh Dickson, daughter of Texas revolutionary Abishai Mercer Dickson.
The William Scudder Hamilton Diary, 1842-1846, consists of Hamilton’s account of his early years as a Methodist minister in Crockett, Jasper County, and Colorado County, Texas, including his ordination and daily activities. Additionally, the diary contains his speech for a Fourth of July celebration.
This collection is open for research use.
William Scudder Hamilton Diary, 1842-1846, 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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