Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Edward A. Palmer Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC098

Collection Summary

Creator: Palmer, Edward A., 1825-1862
Title: Edward A. Palmer papers
Dates: 1849-1891
Abstract: Legal papers and printed materials illustrate the work and interests of Edward A. Palmer of Houston, Texas, in the middle of the 19th century.
Identification: MC098
Quantity: 7 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Edward A. Palmer, jurist and senator, was born in Virginia in 1825; Palmer was the son of Dr. Reuben Darjarnett and Martha P. Palmer. He graduated from Hampden-Sidney College in 1845 and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1846 to practice law. From 1852 to 1854 he was in the Texas legislature and became state senator in 1855; he did not seek reelection after his term. In 1860, Palmer was elected judge of the Seventh District Court in Harris County, Texas, where he served until his death.

Palmer married Martha Winifred in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1846; they had three children: William Henry Palmer, H. Elizabeth Palmer, and Rosalie Heath Palmer. Palmer died in Houston, Texas, while judge on January 15, 1862.

Scope and Content Note

The Edward A. Palmer Papers consist of legal and printed materials related to the state of Texas dating from 1849 to 1891. Included in the legal series are two bills dated in 1853 and 1854 which concern setting aside money for a special school fund. Of note is an inscription and signature by E. A. Palmer on the back which indicates his personal involvement in preparing this bill. There is also a signed 1867 certificate regarding Robert Edwards as elector of Harris County, Texas. Included is an 1891 statement from lawyer E. P. Hamblen regarding the examination of a land title regarding about 174 acres of land; this area is now the River Oaks area in Texas.

Printed materials consist of two early Texas broadsides: an 1849 broadside which announces a meeting of Old Texians which will take place in Houston, Texas, and an 1853 newspaper broadside stating that the Pacific Railroad Bill had passed. There is also an 1852 memorial of the Trustee of the German Emigration Company.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Palmer, Edward A., 1825-1862
Edwards, Robert
Hamblen, E. P.
Harris County (Tex.)
Emigration and immigration--Texas
Land tenure--Texas
Railroads--United States

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Edward A. Palmer Papers, MC098, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Palmer Hutcheson, Jr., July 1959.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


"Palmer, Edward A."New Kent County, Virginia Genealogy Trails: Biographies: "P."



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167.7 1 Bills 1853, 1854
2 Certificate 1867 July 2
3 Statement: E. P. Hamblen to B. A. Shepherd 1891 April 9

Printed Materials

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167.7 4 Broadsides 1849, 1853
5 Memorial 1852 January 10