Pease, E. M. (Elisha Marshall), 1812-1883

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Dates:
Birth 1812-01-03
Death 1883-08-26

Biographical notes:

Two land grant certificates for Christopher King and John H. King for land in Denton County, Texas. The first certificate was signed by Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease on April 30, 1857, and the second signed by Texas Governor Sam Houston on February 6, 1860.

From the description of Denton County land grants for Christopher C. King, 1857-1860. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 647767788

Born in Enfield, Connecticut, Elisha Marshall Pease, 1812-1883, was the son of Lorrain Thompson Pease and Sarah Marshall. After his graduation from Westfield Academy and work as a post office clerk in Hartford, Connecticut, Pease moved to the Mina Municipality, Texas in 1835. During the Texas Revolution, he served as secretary of a committee of safety in Mina and secretary of the General Council of the Provisional Government and also in the battle of Gonzalez. In 1836, Pease was appointed acting secretary of the treasury, became the republic’s first comptroller of public accounts, and started a law practice in Brazoria after being admitted to the bar in 1837. Following the annexation of Texas, Pease represented Brazoria County in the first three legislatures and was elected governor in 1853, a position he served in until 1863. He helped establish a public education system, a state university, and reservations for Texas’s Native American population. Additionally, Pease resolved the state’s public debt and used extra funds to found schools for the deaf and blind as well as a state hospital for the mentally ill. A supporter of the Union during the Civil War, Pease lost the gubernatorial race in 1866. He subsequently became involved in the formation of the Republican party in Texas until he was asked to replace James W. Throckmorton as governor, a position he held until 1869.

Source:

Griffin, Roger A. Pease, Elisha Marshall. Handbook of Texas Online . Accessed April 6, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe08 .

From the guide to the Pease, Elisha Marshall, Papers 62-069; 91-285., 1834-1927, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Born in Enfield, Connecticut, Elisha Marshall Pease, 1812-1883, was the son of Lorrain Thompson Pease and Sarah Marshall.

After his graduation from Westfield Academy and work as a post office clerk in Hartford, Connecticut, Pease moved to the Mina Municipality, Texas in 1835. During the Texas Revolution, he served as secretary of a committee of safety in Mina and secretary of the General Council of the Provisional Government and also in the battle of Gonzalez. In 1836, Pease was appointed acting secretary of the treasury, became the republic's first comptroller of public accounts, and started a law practice in Brazoria after being admitted to the bar in 1837. Following the annexation of Texas, Pease represented Brazoria County in the first three legislatures and was elected governor in 1853, a position he served in until 1863. He helped establish a public education system, a state university, and reservations for Texas' Native American population. Additionally, Pease resolved the state's public debt and used extra funds to found schools for the deaf and blind as well as a state hospital for the mentally ill. A supporter of the Union during the Civil War, Pease lost the gubernatorial race in 1866. He subsequently became involved in the formation of the Republican party in Texas until he was asked to replace James W. Throckmorton as governor, a position he held until 1869.

From the description of Pease, Elisha Marshall, Papers, 1834-1927 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 774048860

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Subjects:

  • Governors--Texas--History--19th century
  • Governors--History--19th century
  • Land grants
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  • Mina (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • Texas (as recorded)
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  • Texas (as recorded)
  • Texas (as recorded)
  • Mina (Tex.) (as recorded)