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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 Stephen F. Powers Papers, 1777-1885



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Powers, Stephen F., 1814-1882
Title: Powers, Stephen F., papers
Dates: 1777-1885
Abstract: Composed of letters, financial documents, and legal records, the Stephen F. Powers Papers, 1777-1885, document Powers’ family, professional activities, and real estate in Cameron County, Texas, including ownership disputes.
Accession No.: 72-052
Extent: 1 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Maine, Stephen F. Powers (1814-1882) moved to New York, where he established a legal practice in 1835. President Martin Van Buren appointed him U.S. counsel in Basel, Switzerland, in 1839, resigning in 1842. Five years later, President James K. Polk appointed Powers First Lieutenant in the 10th U.S. Infantry and assigned him to the U.S. Military Commission for the Government of Occupied Territory at Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. In 1849, Powers moved to Brownsville, Texas, and founded a law firm with James B. Wells, focusing on contested Spanish and Mexican land claims. In addition, Powers served as Brownsville’s postmaster (1849-1851) and mayor (1850s); the collector of customs for the District of Brazos Santiago (1853); and chief justice of Cameron County (1858-1861). In 1855, Powers married the widowed Pauline Victoire (Butler) Impey, with whom he had five children. As a Democrat and secessionist, he served as judge of the Twelfth Judicial District of Texas from 1861 to 1867. Powers was also elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1872 and the Texas Senate in 1880.

Source:

Davenport, Harbert. "Powers, Stephen."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 21, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpo37.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of letters, financial documents, and legal records, the Stephen F. Powers Papers, 1777-1885, document Powers’ family, professional activities, and real estate in Cameron County, Texas, including ownership disputes. Legal documents include wills, deeds, agreements, legal proceedings, citations, and a certificate, regarding Spanish and Mexican land grants, such as Concepción de Carricitos, San Pedro de Carricitos, and Reynosa porciones. The collection also includes law suits for Treviño vs. Fernandez, Gregorio Condi vs. Justo Treviño, Thomas vs. Hord, and Trevino vs. Uresti. Composed of tax receipts, notes, memoranda, and settlements, financial documents concern Powers' partnership with James B. Wells. Additionally, the collection consists of items related to John R. Butler, personal correspondence of Powers, and notes on different legal issues.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Powers, Stephen F., 1814-1882 -- Archives.
Wells, James B., 1850-1923.
Subjects
Lawyers -- Texas -- Cameron County.
Land grants -- Texas -- Cameron County.
Places
Cameron County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephen F. Powers Papers, 1777-1885, 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
3G47 Concepción de Carricitos:
Treviño vs. Fernandez, suit of 1850-1851
List of items, 1-10, 12-17
Miscellaneous documents, 1849-1853
Gregorio Condi vs. Justo Treviño, 1851
Thomas vs. Hord, 1853-1868
Box
2.325/D1b Oversized
Box
3G48 Land purchased by Miflin Kennedy, 1861-1877
Land purchased by Stephen Powers from Maria de Lira, 1871-1880
Land purchased by Stephen Powers, 1871-1881
Miscellaneous documents, 1848-1850
La Feria Grant, 1848, 1856
Hidalgo County, 1852, 1867
Laredo Porciones, Nos. 29 and 30, 1855
El Melado, 1787-1856
Ojo de Agua Grant, 1837
Reynosa Porciones:
Nos. 40, 42, 44, 45, 73, and 76, 1848
Nos. 53 and 54, 1857-1881
Box
3G49 San Pedro de Carricitos: Trevino vs. Uresti, 1777-1885
San Salvador del Tule, 1829-1885, undated
John R. Butler items, 1853-1862
Personal correspondence, 1847-1881
Cash settlement, partnership of Wells and Powers, 1880-1881
Election certificate, 1860
Receipts, 1849-1881
Tax receipts, 1845-1881
Financial notes and memoranda, 1864-1884, undated
Notes:
Relinquishment Acts, 1852, 1871
Miscellaneous documents, 1857-1861, undated

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