A Guide to the Thomas Peck Ochiltree Papers, 1882-1897
Born in Livingston, Alabama, Thomas Peck Ochiltree (1839-1902) moved to East Texas with his family shortly after his birth. After serving in John G. Walker’s company of Texas Rangers from 1854 through 1855, he was appointed chief clerk and sergeant at arms of the Texas House of Representatives. Admitted to the bar in 1857, Ochiltree established a law practice in Marshall and became a delegate to both the state and national Democratic conventions while also editing the Star State Jeffersonian. During the Civil War, he joined Hood’s Texas Brigade and was captured by Union forces near Appomattox. Following his release from the prison camp on Johnson’s Island, Ochiltree traveled to Europe, where he worked for T. H. MacMahon and Company. In 1870, he was appointed commissioner of emigration for Texas and U. S. marshal for the eastern district of Texas four years later. Ochiltree also represented the Galveston district in the Forty-eighth Congress from 1883 though 1885, before retiring to New York.
"Ochiltree, Thomas Peck."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 27, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/foc01.
Composed of photocopies of correspondence and newspaper clippings, the Thomas Peck Ochiltree Papers, 1882-1897, document Ochiltree’s activities as a politician as well as his family history. Correspondence concerns national and Texas political affairs, while newspaper clippings include articles about relatives and notable Texans.
This collection is open for research use.
Thomas Peck Ochiltree Papers, 1882-1897, 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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