Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

F. M. O. Fenn Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC114

Collection Summary

Creator: Fenn, Francis M. O. (Francis Marion Otis), 1860-1904
Title: F. M. O. Fenn papers
Dates: 1893
Abstract: This small collection sheds light on the formation of the Deaf Smith Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Identification: MC114
Quantity: 2 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Francis Marion Otis Fenn was born November 9, 1860, in Fort Bend County, Texas. He was the son of John Rutherford Fenn, veteran of the Texas Army, and Rebecca (Williams) Fenn. Francis M. O. Fenn attended Roanoke College in Virginia where he earned several medals for oratory. Fenn continued his education at the University of Virginia where he earned a law degree. In 1883, he married Lotte Benson and together they had a son, Rutherford Benson Fenn.

In 1893, he organized the Deaf Smith chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and was elected second vice president at the first official meeting of the organization. Fenn became County Attorney of Fort Bend from 1901 until his death in 1904.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of two items. The first is a certificate of membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas issued on April 21, 1893, to F. M. O. Fenn. The certificate is signed by W. A. Craddock, president, and secretary P. Briscoe. This certificate is one of the first as the society was officially organized the day prior to its issuing. The second item is a newspaper clipping from the Galveston News beginning "Children of Veterans" printed on April 12, 1893. The article states that the sons and grandsons of veterans of the Texas Revolution met the previous day to organize the Deaf Smith chapter. The article lists the names of its members and officers and notes that they plan on participating in the celebrations on the 21st.


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

Fenn, Francis M. O. (Francis Marion Otis), 1860-1904
Sons of the Republic of Texas. Deaf Smith Chapter
Patriotic societies

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], F. M. O. Fenn Papers, MC114, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Judge J. M. O. Fenn, April 6, 1939.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"A Brief History of the Sons of the Republic of Texas"


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158.1 1 Newspaper Clipping: Galveston News "Children of Veterans" 1893 April 12

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158.1 2 Certificate of Membership 1893 April 21