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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 Moses Johnson Papers, 1832-1890



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Moses, 1808-1853
Title: Moses Johnson Papers
Dates: 1832-1890
Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents, and an account book compose the Moses Johnson Papers, 1832-1890, documenting Johnson’s personal life, property, family and political career.
Accession No.: 1926
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Virginia, Moses Johnson (1808-1853) served in the military in New York and received his discharge in April 1833. For the next few years, he studied medicine in Woodstock, New York, and established a practice in Knoxville, Illinois. In the 1830s, he also married Olivia Huggins, with whom he had four children. The family immigrated to the Republic of Texas where Johnson practiced medicine and surgery in Harrisburg and Liberty counties. After moving to Austin, Johnson was elected mayor and appointed justice of the peace in December 1840. In 1844, President Anson Jones appointed him treasurer of the Republic of Texas. Additionally, Johnson served as a Grand Marshal of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas (1844); a member of the Democratic committee, which began the Democratic party in Texas (1846); and postmaster and revenue collector for the port of Lavaca (1848). One of Johnson’s relatives, Samuel M. Johnson, served as an Alderman and member of the Board of Appeals in Calhoun County and as a Collector of Customs in Corpus Christi.

Source:

Jasinski, Laurie E. “Johnson, Moses.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 26, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal documents, and an account book compose the Moses Johnson Papers, 1832-1890, documenting Johnson’s personal life, property, family and political career. Correspondence includes primarily personal letters with his wife and Illinois relatives as well as letters to Anson Jones concerning Jones’s political future. The account book contains a copy of the will of Olivia Kendriks and inventory of her property and accounts. The legal papers comprise deeds, accounts, and official certificates appointing Johnson to various offices. The collection also includes documents related to the activities of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas and literary efforts by Johnson, such as a love poem and political speeches. Additionally, legal papers and correspondence of relative Samuel M. Johnson document his accounts, property, and political appointments.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Johnson, Moses, 1808-1853 -- Archives
Johnson, Olivia
Johnson, Samuel M.
Johnson family
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Kendricks, Olivia
Subjects (Organizations)
Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Texas. -- History -- 19th century
Texas. Treasury Dept. -- History -- 19th century
Subjects
Deeds -- Texas
Places
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Moses Johnson Papers, 1832-1890, 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
2E268 Correspondence:
To wife
Personal
Official and political
Photostats
Legal documents, 1834-1852
Masonic Lodge documents
Literary efforts, undated
Samuel Johnson
Unidentified fragments
Estate account book

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