University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

John Salmon "Rip" Ford Papers, circa 1836-1896

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ford, John Salmon
Title: John Salmon "Rip" Ford papers
Dates: circa 1836-1896
Abstract: Papers document the life of John Salmon "Rip" Ford (1815-1897), military commander, elected official, and newspaper editor. The bulk of the collection consists of Ford's personal memoirs.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01239
Extent: 1.67 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Salmon "Rip" Ford (1815-1897) was born near Greenville, South Carolina on May 26, 1815. Raised in Tennessee, Ford moved to Texas in 1836. He served in the Texas army until 1838 and practiced medicine in San Augustine. In 1844, Ford was elected to the House of the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas, where he presented the resolution to accept annexation to the United States. Ford moved to Austin in 1845 and became editor of the Texas Democrat. During the Mexican War, he served as regimental adjutant under John Coffee Hays. In 1849, he explored a route later known as the Ford and Neighbors Trail and became a captain in the Texas Rangers. In 1852, Ford was elected to the Texas Senate. He returned to military service in 1858, and commanded many operations and explorations, including leading Confederate forces in the battle of Palmito Ranch, the last battle of the Civil War. Ford relocated to Brownsville in 1868, where he edited the Brownsville Sentinel and served as mayor in 1874. He was a delegate of the State Constitutional Convention in 1875 and served in the Texas Senate from 1876 to 1879. He was appointed superintendent of the Deaf and Dumb School in 1879. Ford died in San Antonio on November 3, 1897.

Creator's Sketch prepared from information contained in the Handbook of Texas Online.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of Ford's personal memoirs, 1815-1892, including his original manuscripts and typescript copies. Also included are an 1844 medical account book, three typescript copies of Ford's John C. Hayes in Texas, and an 1896 letter from Ford to John L. Dix, Jr., concerning the 1896 presidential campaign and the poor state of the Texas economy.


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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.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Ford, John Salmon

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Salmon "Rip" Ford Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


2D153 [SRH1230005834] Memoirs [original]
Pages 1-137
2D154 [SRH1230005844] Pages 138-722
2D155 [SRH1230005854] Pages 723-900
Miscellaneous pages
Index to memoirs
Medical account book, 1844
2Q510 [SRH1230011745] Memoirs [typescript]
Volume I [copies 1-3], 1815-1836
Volume II [copy 1], 1837-1845
2Q511 [SRH1230011746] Volume II [copies 2-3], 1837-1845
Volume III [copies 1-2], 1846-1851
2Q476 [SRH1230011696] Volume IV [copies 1-2], 1851-1860
Volume V [copies 1-3], 1860-1865
Volume VI [copy 1], 1864-1865
2Q507 [SRH1230011729] Volume VI [copies 2-3], 1864-1865
Volume VII [copy 1], 1866-1892
2Q512 [SRH1230011747] Volume VII [copies 2-3], 1866-1892
John C. Hayes in Texas, by Colonel John S. Ford [typescript copies 1-3]
2D155 [SRH1230005854] [2009-049]
Letter, John S. "Rip" Ford to John L. Dix, Jr., July 15, 1896
Letter, James A. Forman to Joseph C. Williams, concerning joining John S. "Rip" Ford's Texas Rangers, 1851