A Guide to the Pryor Lea Items, 1850-1964
Pryor Lea was born in Knox County, Tennessee, on August 31, 1794, the brother of Albert Miller Lea. He graduated from Greenville College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1817, and began his practice in Knoxville. In 1824 he became United States Attorney for Tennessee and was elected to the Twentieth and Twenty-first United States Congresses, 1827-1831. He moved to Jackson Mississippi, in 1836 and to Goliad, Texas, in 1846. He was particularly interested in railroad building and management. In 1861 he was a member of the Secession Convention. Lea’s published books and articles included Circular Concerning the Aransas Road Company (1858), An Outline of the Central Transit (1859), Essays on Education (1867), and The Great Question of the Hour (1878). He died on September 14, 1879, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Goliad.
Craig H. Roell, "LEA, PRYOR," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Correspondence, legal papers, obituaries, recollections and clippings form the Pryor Lea Items, 1850-1964, documenting the life of this early Texas public official and railroad promoter. The collection also includes memorabilia and biographical material pertaining to members of the Lea and Dill families.
This collection is open for research use.
Pryor Lea Items, 1850-1964, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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