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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 John D. McGaughey Papers, 1889-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGaughey, John D., 1868-1942
Title: McGaughey, John D., Papers
Dates: 1889-1942
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, telegrams, financial records, legal documents, circulars, and newspaper clippings, the John D. McGaughey Papers, 1889-1949, chronicle McGaughey’s ranching operations, business affairs, as well as his trial and murder conviction.
Extent: 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The son of William L. McGaughey, John D. McGaughey (1868-1942) worked for his family’s cattle business in Hood County, Texas, before moving to Austin in the early 1900s. McGaughey was employed as a title specialist for the General Land Office in Austin. In 1913, he was convicted of murdering H. F. Beauchamp, despite his claim of self-defense. Following McGaughey’s incarceration for several years, he moved to El Paso, where he worked in the title and insurance industry.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, telegrams, financial records, legal documents, circulars, and newspaper clippings, the John D. McGaughey Papers, 1889-1949, chronicle McGaughey’s ranching operations, business affairs, as well as his trial and murder conviction. Correspondence concerns the cattle business, familial affairs, and the murder conviction, while financial records include receipts and insurance payments relating to his business endeavors in Austin and El Paso. Legal documents consist of land deeds, court orders, insurance policies, as well as other papers relating to the murder case and his work for the Texas General Land Office. Additionally, circulars consist of advertisements for different products and newspaper clippings contain obituary notices on his father and other acquaintances.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McGaughey, John D., 1868-1942 -- Archives.
McGaughey, William L., 1837-1912.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. General Land Office.
Subjects
Cattle trade -- Texas -- Hood County.
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
El Paso (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Hood County (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John D. McGaughey Papers, 1889-1942, 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

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2E431 Documents:
1895-1900
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2E432 1914-1916
1910-1913
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2E433 Correspondence and legal documents:
1918-1932
1933-1942
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2E434 Legal papers, 1897-1942
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2H424 Envelopes

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