James Harper Starr Letters, 1868-1882 | East Texas Research Center

By Natasha McClanahan, 1993

Collection Overview

Title: James Harper Starr Letters, 1868-1882Add to your cart.

ID: A/159

Primary Creator: Starr, James Harper (1809-1890)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Physicians -- Texas, East, Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890 -- Correspondence


Letters from prominent early Nacogdoches and Marshall citizen, James Harper Starr, to James and Susan Thorn concerning business and personal events.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Original handwritten letters between former Nacogdoches residents discussing business and personal events, one land sale broadside.

Collection Historical Note

James Harper Starr, an important figure in early Texas public life, was born at New Hartford, Connecticut, on December 18, 1809. A medical doctor, Starr's first practice was in Georgia where the good reports he heard about Texas inspired him to move with his wife, Harriet J. Johnson, to Nacogdoches in 1837. Here Starr served variously as President of the Board of Land Commissioners of Nacogdoches, Secretary of the Treasury of the Republic of Texas, and as Confederate agent for the postal service west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War.

At the close of the Civil War, Starr's public career came to an end. In 1870 he moved to Marshall, Texas where he established the city's first bank. He died July 25, 1890 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery at Marshall.

(Craven, John Nathan."Starr, James Harper." The Handbook of Texas. Texas State Historical Association. Vol. II. Austin: Lakeside Press, 1952. p. 660).

Subject/Index Terms

Physicians -- Texas, East
Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890 -- Correspondence

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: James Harper Starr Letters],

Box 1: James Harper Starr LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: J.H. Starr, New Orleans, to Mr. James F. Thorn, New York, [image], April 15, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 2: J. H. Starr, Marshall, Texas, to Mrs. James F. Thorn, New York, [image], November 18, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 3: J. H. Starr, Marshall, Texas, to Mrs. James F. Thorn, New York, March 19, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 4: J. H. Starr, Marshall, Texas, to Mrs. Susan W. Thorn, Newport, Rhode Island, October 12, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 5: J. H. Starr, Marshall, Texas, to Mrs. Susan W. Thorn, New Orleans, December 16, 1882Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Texas Lands sale broadside, J. H. Starr & Son, Texas Real Estate Agents, 1869Add to your cart.


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