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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Thomas Moore Paschal family papers, 1847-1957

Southern Methodist University

Thomas Moore Paschal family papers

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Collection Summary

Collector: Paschal, Thomas Moore
Title: Thomas Moore Paschal family papers
Dates: 1847-1957
Abstract: Thomas Moore Paschal was a Texas lawyer, judge, and United States Congressman (1893-1894). This collection contains legal documents from his law practice, his father’s law practice, and other family legal papers. Correspondence, speeches, mining documents, and photographs are also included.
Identification: MSS 0140
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Thomas Moore Paschal was born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1845. His father, Isaiah (1807-1869) was a lawyer and moved his family to Texas in 1867 where he continued to practice law. Thomas Paschal grew up in San Antonio before attending Central College in Danville, Kentucky. After college he studied law with his father before passing the bar in Texas in 1867. During Paschal’s lifetime he lived in San Antonio, Castroville, and Brackettville while he maintained a law practice, and served in various public offices: United States Commissioner for the Western District of Texas (1867-1869), city attorney for San Antonio (1869), district attorney (1870-1875), judge for the Twenty-fourth District Court (1876-1892); extradition agent between the United States and Mexico (1877-1889); United States Representative (1893-1894).

Paschal was a Democrat known for his conservatism. During his brief term in Congress he was concerned about forest and water conservation in Southwest Texas, income tax, and naturalization and immigration. His other business interests included San Antonio real estate, mining in Mexico, and his invention of a “chemico electro radium active heater.”

In 1871 Paschal married Florida Mays and had five children: Mary, Lenore, Pauline, Harold, and Thomas. Thomas Moore Paschal died in New York City in 1919, and was buried in San Antonio.

Sources:

Biography, Box 1, folder 1.

Campbell, Randolph B. “Paschal, Thomas Moore,” Handbook of Texas Online, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpa48

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Scope and Contents Note

Most of this collection contains legal documents from the Texas law practices of Thomas Moore Paschal and his father, Isaiah. Correspondence includes professional, political, and family matters. Noteworthy documents include early Castroville land documents in folder 22; early Medina County, Texas documents in folder 23; and correspondence from Senator Morris Sheppard in folder 14 concerning the appointment of Thomas Moore Paschal’s son, Harold, to the consulate in Vera Cruz, Mexico. A few family photographs and a photograph scrapbook of Castroville are located at the end of the collection.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 1 series:
Thomas Moore Paschal family papers

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Paschal, Thomas Moore
Paschal family
Subjects
Real property -– Texas
Places
Castroville (Tex.) -– History –- 19th century.
Texas –- Politics and government -– 1865-1950
Mexico –- History -– Revolution, 1910-1920
Occupations
Lawyers -– Texas
Politicians -- Texas
Document Types
Correspondence.
Legal instruments
Scrapbooks
Photographs.

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Related Material

T.M. Paschal papers, 1851-1921, Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Moore Paschal family papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1999 and originally accessioned as A2000.2251. Transfer of Frank Paschal letter to Dr. James Van Gasken, A2001.2343c to MSS 140 in 2019.

Processing Information

The collection was foldered by library staff in 2001. In 2019, photographs were sleeved in mylar and folders were arranged. Frank Paschal’s letter to Dr. James Van Gasken was transferred to MSS 140 in 2019.

Cynthia Franco processed the collection and wrote a finding aid in 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Thomas Moore Paschal family papers, 1847-1957
1 box

These boxes contain biographical information about Thomas Moore Paschal, legal documents, speeches, correspondence, photographs, and files regarding his invention, mining interests, and real estate. Family correspondence is located in folders 17-21.
Box Folder
1 1 Thomas Moore Paschal biography and letter from National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1917
2 Biographical sketch of Alexander Joske for Daniell’s History and Biography of Texas, 1916 March 19
3 Business cards and certificates, 1883-1902
4 Published speeches and articles by Thomas Moore Paschal
5 Speeches [typescript], undated
6 Essay on prefaces with letter from Houghton Mifflin editor, 1917
7 Typescript fragment, undated
8 Correspondence, 1889-1912
9 Correspondence, 1914-1918
10 Correspondence concerning ownership of the original cast of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask, 1859-1897
11 Political correspondence, 1898-1915
12 Correspondence about patent for “chemico electro radio active heater,” 1910-1917
13 Correspondence about San Antonio Water Company and Brackenridge Park, 1914-1916
14 Correspondence about son, Harold Paschal’s appointment to consulate in Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1915
15 Letters to cousin General Liggett about meeting Louis Liggett, 1918
16 Letter to Charles Schwab, 1918 February 5
17 Frank Paschal [cousin] letter to Dr. James Van Gasken, 1874 October 13 – Dr. Paschal writes from a camp in San Felipe, Texas to Dr. Van Gasken in Luling, Caldwell County, Texas. Paschal describes traveling with 30 men for 12 days from San Antonio to San Felipe, treating a baby along the way, and the need for a physician in Uvalde.
18 Emmett Paschal [brother] correspondence, 1893, 1920
19 Letters to Lenore Paschal [daughter], 1948-1957
20 Budge letter to Mattie, 1913
21 Postcards, 1879-1917
22 Legal documents, 1847-1849 [Castroville, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana]
23-27 Legal documents, 1851-1951 and undated
28 Mexico documents and correspondence, 1902-1915
29 Mineral rights agreement signed by the Maverick family, 1907
30 Mount Hudson Gold Mining Company and Bowie Mine correspondence, 1896-1907
31 Thigpen Mine correspondence and maps, 1905-1912
32 San Antonio, Texas real estate, 1908-1914
33 Financial documents, 1891-1915
34 Account book, 1891-1899
35 Programs, 1918-1922
36 Thomas Moore Paschal photographs, circa 1900
37 Paschal family photographs, circa 1900-1907
38 Scrapbook, 1910 [Castroville, Texas real estate and recreation]
39 Clippings, 1913-1940
40 Envelopes, 1880s-1919

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