nd [1866-67]. Small piece of lined paper, 5 x 19 cm., with two lines of manuscript text, a part of a sentence referring to a departmental provision, signed "Hon. J.W. Throckmorton / Gov. of Texas," in a clear hand.
James Webb Throckmorton moved to Texas with his family in 1841. He resided there for three years before leaving to study medicine with his uncle in Kentucky. At the commencement of the Mexican War, he volunteered for service as a private, and later as a second surgeon. Upon his discharge he returned to Texas to practice medicine before turning to a career in politics. He served in the Civil War in various capacities, including as Confederate commisioner to American Indians, where he earned his nickname "Old Leathercoat." As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1866, following the end of the Civil War, he helped draft Texas' new constitution. He was elected Governor under the new government serving from August 1866 to July 1867 when he was removed from office by Maj-Gen. Philip Sheridan under the Military Reconstruction Act of 1867. [see his biography in the Handbook of Texas online]. Item #67355