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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

OCLC Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

John Twohig Papers, 1835-1944



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Twohig, John, 1806-1891
Title: John Twohig papers
Dates: 1835-1944
Abstract: John Twohig, native of Ireland, was a banker and merchant in San Antonio, Texas. Papers relate to his business affairs, particularly from 1865 to 1885.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00026
Extent: 2.92 linear feet
Language: English , German , Spanish; Castilian .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Twohig (1806-1891) was born in Ireland and ran away to sea at the age of fifteen. After coming to the U.S. he engaged in coastal trade between Boston and New Orleans before moving to San Antonio, Texas, where he participated in the Texas Revolution and later was captured by the Mexicans and taken to Perote Prison because of his actions in the Mexican invasion of 1842. Twohig escaped by tunneling out of the prison and, evading his pursuers, returned home where he built up a thriving banking business and became known for his charitable deeds.

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Scope and Contents

Papers relate to the mercantile and banking business of John Twohig (1806-1891) of San Antonio, especially for the two decades after the Civil War. Included are records of his dealings with the major banks and commercial houses of the day as well as with members of the U.S. Army and with some well-known Southern expatriates. In addition the collection contains some items not related to Twohig personally such as quartermaster records for Camp Hudson (1860) and a series of letters in German, mostly from Germany, dealing with the personal affairs of several immigrants.

Papers consist of business and personal correspondence, financial and legal documents, letterpress books, military records, bank books, plat maps, and photographs and drawings arranged chronologically within series.

Miscellaneous business correspondence in Spanish. Series of personal letters in German.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Bee, Hamilton Prioleau, 1822-1897
Chaney, A. W.
Divine, Thomas J.
Hagelsieb, William
Johnston, Thomas D.
Kirby-Smith, Edmund, 1824-1893
O'Sullivan, John C.
Palm, Swante, 1815-1899
Smith, Larkin Brown
Tivy, Joseph A., 1818-1892
Twohig, John, 1806-1891
Zorn, J., Jr.
Corporate Names
Madero y cia. (Monterrey, Mexico)
Pike, Brothers & Co. (New Orleans, La.)
Subjects
Bankers
Banks and banking
Commerce
Commission merchants
Cotton trade
German Americans
Merchants
Military bases
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Places
Camp Hudson (Tex.)
Eagle Pass
England
Fort Duncan
Liverpool
Mexico
San Antonio
Texas
United Kingdom

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Twohig Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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OCLC Number

21398792

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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3N1 [SRH1230018201] Personal correspondence, 1858-1900, undated
Unrelated German letters, 1866-1878
Business correspondence
1835-1867
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3N2 [SRH1230018191] 1868-May 1872
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3N3 [SRH1230018202] June 1872-1884.
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3N4 [SRH1230018192] 1885-1944, undated
Miscellany and fragments, 1862-1900, undated
Classified correspondence
Hamilton P. Bee, 1865-1873
Edmund Kirby-Smith, 1865-1888
Swante Palm, 1869-1870
Indianola shipping, 1859-1883
Camp Hudson quartermaster's records, 1860
Printed Material, 1861-1886, 1936, undated
Telegraphic code words, 1871, undated
Plat maps, 1848-1886
John Twohig, Banker, customer account books, 1873, 1881
Cotton and miscellaneous account books.
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3N5 [SRH1230018182] Letterpresses
Number 1, 1865-1866
Number 2, 1866-1867
Number 3, January-June 1867
Number 4, July-December 1867
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3N6 [SRH1230018308] Number 5, December 1867-February 1869
Number 6, February 1869-January 1871.
June 1872-November 1872
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3N7 [SRH1230018172] Account book, 1864-1870, 1881-1883
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3Y77 [SRH1230028405] Photographs and drawings, 1835, 1885, undated
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OD1223a Map of ranch in Bexar County, undated
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2.325/V16 [SRH1230002557] Oversize materials, 1847-1886

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