A Guide to the Richard Ellis Speech, 1836
Planter, lawyer, and politician Richard Ellis (1781-1846) studied law in his home state of Virginia and then served in the Alabama Constitutional Convention and on the Supreme Court. In 1834, he moved to Pecan Point (now in Bowie County, Texas), located in territory claimed by both Mexico and the United States (as part of Arkansas). There Ellis established a large cotton plantation with his wife Mary West Ellis (née Dandridge), two children, and slaves and was selected as a representative of Pecan Point in the Texas constitutional convention in March 1836. Ellis was unanimously elected president and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. His presidency was largely viewed as a success, particularly the ability to hold the convention together while the constitution of the Republic of Texas was drafted. He served as a senator from 1836 until retiring from public life in 1840.
Ericson, Joe E. "Ellis, Richard."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 26, 2011.
Comprised of a handwritten document, the Richard Ellis Speech, 1836, document Ellis’ remarks to the convention on March 17th regarding loans Ellis and others had received as well as their plans for the money.
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Richard Ellis Speech, 1836, 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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