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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Truitt, James W., 1845-1922
Title: James W. Truitt papers
Dates: 1806-1918,
Dates (Bulk): (bulk 1840-1887)
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, legal documents, a broadside, and a newspaper clipping, the James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887), relate to Truitt's career as a lawyer, businessman, legislator, and political advisor as well as his personal and family life.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02433
Extent: 1.08 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lawyer and legislator, James W. Truitt (1845-1922) was born to A. M. and Johanna Todd (Goodbread) Truitt near Shelbyville, Texas. After serving four years with the Confederate Army, he married a Miss Bryan, with whom he had three children and later divorced. During the administrations of Oren M. Roberts and James Stephen Hogg, Truitt served as a member of the Texas legislature and acted as a trusted advisor to the governors. Active in the creation of the Texas Railroad Commission, Truitt also supported prohibition. After his legislative career, he practiced law with a particular interest in the state's penal problems and unjust convictions. Truitt later established a paper with his brother called The Laborer's Champion (1877), had a Fort Worth lumber business (1880s), and served as private secretary to U. S. Congressman H. L. Brooks (1906).

Source:

Allen, Ruth A. "Truitt, James W." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed March 8, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, legal documents, a broadside, and a newspaper clipping, the James W. Truitt Papers, 1806-1918 (bulk 1840-1887), relate to Truitt's career as a lawyer, businessman, legislator, and political advisor as well as his personal and family life. Composed primarily of letters, the collection's correspondents include his sister Susan E. Morris, with whom he discusses family affairs, and politicians Horace Chilton, Richard Coke, Charles Allen Culberson, "Rip" Ford, William P. Hobby, James S. Hogg, George T. Jester, John H. Reagan, and Morris Sheppard.

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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
Chilton, Horace, 1853-1932
Coke, Richard, 1829-1897
Culberson, Charles A. (Charles Allen), 1855-1925
Ford, John Salmon
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964
Hogg, James Stephen, 1851-1906
Jester, George Taylor, 1847-1922
Morris, Susan E.
Reagan, John H. (John Henninger), 1818-1905
Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
Truitt, James W., 1845-1922
Family Names
Truitt (Family)
Corporate Names
Texas. Legislature
Subjects
Governors
Politics and government
Places
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James W. Truitt Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2H81 [SRH1230008049] Letters, 1806, 1840
Correspondence, 1880-1882
Newspaper clipping
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2H82 [SRH1230008050] Correspondence
1890-1905
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2H83 [SRH1230008051] 1906-1918
Houston letter, 1840
Broadside, 1906
Legal documents

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