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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

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Index Terms

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Day Andrews Letter, 1837



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Andrews, John Day, 1795–1882
Title: Andrews, John Day, Letter
Dates: 1837
Abstract: Letter from John Day Andrews, in Houston, Texas, to William Fanning Wickham, in Hanover County, Virginia, extolling the many virtues of life in Texas and the many economical and health benefits of living in Texas.
Accession No.: 2015-129
OCLC No.: 938708797
Extent: 1 letter
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Day Andrews, mayor of Houston, planter, and businessman, was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on August 30, 1795. Andrews managed a hotel, probably in Hanover County, Virginia, and married a widow, Mrs. Eugenia Price Thilman, of Hanover County on 1830. He moved to Houston by 1838 with his wife and family. By 1840 Andrews owned twenty-two slaves and a small farm in Harris County, as well as seventeen town lots. He become one of the early civic leaders of Houston and was instrumental in the development of many area business and infrastructure.

His work on behalf of the town's commercial welfare contributed to his being elected mayor in 1841 and 1842. Under his direction the city government established a Port of Houston Authority, which regulated all wharves, slips, and roads adjacent to Buffalo and White Oak. He died on August 30, 1882, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Andrews Street in Houston was named in his honor.

Source:

Priscilla Myers Benham, "ANDREWS, JOHN DAY," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on February 18, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

Letter from John Day Andrews, in Houston, Texas, to William Fanning Wickham, in Hanover County, Virginia, extolling the many virtues of life in Texas and the many economical and health benefits of living in Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Andrews, John Day, 1795–1882--Archives
Subjects
Manners and customs
Genre/Form
Personal correspondence
Places
Houston (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Day Andrews Letter, 1837, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4A461c Letter, April 27, 1837

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