Thomas J. Rusk Letters, 1835-1856 | East Texas Research Center

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ID: A/30

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains correspondence, chiefly from Thomas J. Rusk in Washington, D.C., to his brother David in Nacogdoches.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas Jefferson Rusk was born on December 5, 1803 in Pendleton District, South Carolina to John and Mary (Sterritt) Rusk. He was influenced by John C. Calhoun to study law and practiced in Georgia, where he met and married Mary F. Cleveland in 1827. In Georgia, he made some unwise investments and lost some money. Those responsible headed west to Texas and T. J. Rusk followed them, eventually settling in Nacogdoches, Texas, without recovering his investment.

He met Sam Houston and other leaders who opposed the Mexican government, and in the fall of 1835 he organized a company of volunteers at Nacogdoches and joined the Texas troops near San Antonio. From that time on, we devoted himself wholly to the achievement of Texas independence. He was a colonel in the Siege at San Antonio, and a member of the convention which declared the independence of the republic.

He was appointed Secretary of war, but resigned after a few weeks. He was elected to the Second Congress of the Republic, serving from September 25, 1837 to May 24, 1838. He was elected chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court on December 12, 1838 and served until June 20, 1840. He commanded Texas troops in expelling the Cherokee Indians from Texas.

In January, 1843, Rusk was elected major general of the militia and returned to law practice with James Pickney Henderson when his term of office was finished.

In February, 1846, Rusk and Sam Houston were elected to the United States Senate, where he served until his death on July 29, 1857. He died by a self-inflicted gun wound at his home in Nacogdoches. He never fully recovered from the death of his beloved wife, Mary. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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1. August 12, 1835 - TJR, Nacogdoches to David, Clarksville, Georgia

2. December 23, 1835 - TJR, Nacogdoches to David, San Augustine, Texas

3. November 13, 1837 - TJR, Houston to David, Nacogdoches

4. October 14, 1838 - TJR, Fort Houston to David, Nacogdoches

5. April 1, 1841 - David S. Kaufman, San Augustine to TJR, Nacogdoches

6. October 5, 1841 - TJR, Clarksville to David, Nacogdoches

7. April 14, 1844 - TJR, Harrison County to David

8. June 28, 1845 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

9. July 7, 1845 - TJR, Austin to David, Nacogdoches

10. January 11, 1846 - TJR, Nacogdoches to David, Carrisso (?)

11. March 27, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

12. April 18, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

13. May 28, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

14. June 12, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

15. June 15, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

16. July 8, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

17. July 11, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

18. July 30, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

19. December 20, 1846 - TJR, Washington to David

20. December 27, 1846 - TJR, Baltimore to David, Nacogdoches

21. June 7, 1847 - TJR (at home) to David, Carrisso

22. October 12, 1847 - TJR (at home) to David, Carrisso

23. October 29, 1847 - TJR, Nacogdoches to David

24. April 23, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David

25. May 1, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David

26. May 7, 1848 - TJR, New York to David

27. May 20, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David

28. June 9, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David

29. June 18, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David

30. June 27, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

31. December 16, 1848 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

32. February 28, 1849 - TJR, Washington to David

33. April 2, 1850 - TJR, Washington to David

34. April 18, 1850 - TJR, Washington to David

35. June 9, 1850 - TJR, Washington to David

36. June 17, 1850 - TJR, Washington to David

37. September 1, 1850 - TJR, Washington to David

38. January 6, 1851 - TJR, Washington to David, Nacogdoches

39. December 21, 1851 - TJR, Washington to David

40. February 10, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

41. April 6, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

42. April 26, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

43. May 7, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

44. May 19, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

45. May 24, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

46. June 21, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

47. November 30, 1852 - TJR, Washington to David

48. September 12, 1853- TJR, Camp near Dallas to David

49. September 16, 1853- TJR, Crop Timbers to David

50. September 28, 1853- TJR, Fort Belknap to David

51. October 8, 1853 - TJR, Phantom Hill to David

52. February 14, 1854 - TJR, Washington to David

53. April 14, 1854 - TJR, Washington to David

54. February 10, 1855 - TJR, Washington to David

55. December 16, 1855 - TJR, Washington to David

56. January 30, 1856 - TJR, Washington to David

57. February 11, 1856 - TJR, Washington to David

58. February 29, 1856 - TJR, Washington to David

59. March 7, 1856 - TJR, Washington to David

60. December 21, 1856 - TJR, Washington to David


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