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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Truitt, James W., 1845-1922
Title: Truitt, James W., Papers
Dates: 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887)
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, legal documents, a broadside, and a newspaper clipping, the James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887), relate to Truitt’s career as a lawyer, businessman, legislator, and political advisor as well as his personal and family life.
Extent: 1 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lawyer and legislator, James W. Truitt (1845-1922) was born to A. M. and Johanna Todd (Goodbread) Truitt near Shelbyville, Texas. After serving four years with the Confederate Army, he married a Miss Bryan, with whom he had three children and later divorced. During the administrations of Oren M. Roberts and James Stephen Hogg, Truitt served as a member of the Texas legislature and acted as a trusted advisor to the governors. Active in the creation of the Texas Railroad Commission, Truitt also supported prohibition. After his legislative career, he practiced law with a particular interest in the state’s penal problems and unjust convictions. Truitt later established a paper with his brother called The Laborer’s Champion (1877), had a Fort Worth lumber business (1880s), and served as private secretary to U. S. Congressman H. L. Brooks (1906).

Source:

Allen, Ruth A. “Truitt, James W.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed March 8, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, legal documents, a broadside, and a newspaper clipping, the James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887), relate to Truitt’s career as a lawyer, businessman, legislator, and political advisor as well as his personal and family life. Composed primarily of letters, the collection’s correspondents include his sister Susan E. Morris, with whom he discusses family affairs, and politicians Horace Chilton, Richard Coke, Charles Allen Culberson, “Rip” Ford, William P. Hobby, James S. Hogg, George T. Jester, John H. Reagan, and Morris Sheppard.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Truitt, James W., 1845-1922 – Archives
Morris, Susan E.
Chilton, Horace, 1853-1932
Coke, Richard, 1829-1897
Culberson, Charles A. (Charles Allen), 1855-1925
Ford, John S. (John Salmon)
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964
Hogg, James Stephen, 1851-1906
Jester, George Taylor, 1847-1922
Reagan, John H, (John Henninger), 1818-1905
Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
Truitt family
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature – History – 19th century
Subjects
Governors – Texas – History – 19th century
Places
Texas – Politics and government – 19th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887), 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
2H81 Letters, 1806, 1840
Correspondence, 1880-1882
Newspaper clipping
box
2H82 Correspondence:
1890-1905
box
2H83 1906-1918
Houston letter, 1840
Broadside, 1906
Legal documents

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