Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888

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Attorney of Houston, Texas. One of two Texas commissioners sent to negotiate a cessation of hostilities between U.S. troops and the state of Texas in May 1865.

From the guide to the William Pitt Ballinger diary MSS. 0104., 1864-1868, (W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama)

William Pitt Ballinger, attorney, born in Kentucky in 1825, moved to Galveston in 1843 and began the study of law with an uncle, James Love. He was admitted to the bar in 1847. During the Mexican War, he enlisted as a private and advanced through the ranks to be adjutant of Albert Sidney Johnston's regiment. In 1850 he married Hallie P. Jack of Brazoria County. Ballinger served as a United States district attorney for Texas from 1850 until 1854, when he became a partner in a Galveston law firm with Thomas McKinney Jack and M.L. Mott. In 1861 Ballinger was appointed Confederate receiver by Judge D.G. Hill of the Confederate District Court. Governor Pendleton Murrah and General John Bankhead Magruder, commander of the district of Texas, appointed Ballinger and Ashbel Smith special commissioners at the end of the Civil War to secure terms of peace for the state. Ballinger declined appointments to the Texas Supreme Court in 1871 and in 1874. He participated in the Constitutional Convention of 1875 as a member of the Judicial Committee. Texans offered Ballinger the Democratic nomination for governor in July 1878, but he refused.

From the description of Ballinger, William Pitt, papers, 1815-1909. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70263497

William Pitt Ballinger, attorney, born in Kentucky in 1825, moved to Galveston in 1843 and began the study of law with an uncle, James Love. He was admitted to the bar in 1847. During the Mexican War, he enlisted as a private and advanced through the ranks to be adjutant of Albert Sidney Johnston's regiment. In 1850 he married Hallie P. Jack of Brazoria County.

Ballinger served as a United States district attorney for Texas from 1850 until 1854, when he became a partner in a Galveston law firm with Thomas McKinney Jack and M. L. Mott. In 1861 Ballinger was appointed Confederate receiver by Judge D. G. Hill of the Confederate District Court.

Gov. Pendleton Murrah and Gen. John Bankhead Magruder, commander of the district of Texas, appointed Ballinger and Ashbel Smith special commissioners at the end of the Civil War to secure terms of peace for the state.

Ballinger declined appointments to the Texas Supreme Court in 1871 and in 1874. He participated in the Constitutional Convention of 1875 as a member of the Judicial Committee. Texans offered Ballinger the Democratic nomination for governor in July 1878, but he refused.

From the guide to the Ballinger (William Pitt) Papers BALLINGER, WILLIAM PITT., 1815-1909, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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creatorOf Miller, Samuel Freeman, 1816-1890. Samuel Freeman Miller correspondence and diaries, 1854-1887. Library of Congress
referencedIn Roberts, Oran Milo Papers 1898; 1926., 1815-1897 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Munson, Mordello Stephen, 1825-1903. Munson, Mordello Stephen, family papers, 1825-1978. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Mann, Walter L. Walter L. Mann papers, 1824-1866, (bulk 1837-1845). San Jacinto Museum of History
creatorOf William Pitt Ballinger diary MSS. 0104., 1864-1868 W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama
referencedIn Guy Morrison Bryan Papers 21349182., 1795-1901 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Ballinger (William Pitt) Papers BALLINGER, WILLIAM PITT., 1815-1909 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Walter L. Mann papers MC023. 47108644., 1824-1866, (Bulk: 1837-1845) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Huling, Thomas Byers. Huling, Thomas Byers, Papers, 1826, 1831-1881, 1901 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ballinger and Associates Collection MSS 0043., 1836-1907, 1854-1907 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
referencedIn Miller, Samuel Freeman, 1816-1890. Papers, 1854-1887. Library of Congress
referencedIn Roberts, Oran Milo, 1815-1898. Roberts, Oran Milo, papers, 1815-1897 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Samuel Freeman Miller Correspondence, 1854-1887 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Bryan, Guy Morrison. Guy Morrison Bryan Papers, 1795-1901 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888. Ballinger, William Pitt, papers, 1815-1909. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901. Bryan, Guy Morrison, papers, 1838-1901. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888. Ballinger and Associates Collection 1836-1907. Houston Area Library Auto Network
referencedIn Huling, Thomas Byers, Papers, 1826, 1831-1881, 1901 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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Birth 1825-09-25

Death 1888-01-20

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