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Benjamin Holland Epperson

B.H. Epperson
Full Name: Benjamin Holland "Ben" Epperson
Birth date: November 3, 1824
Death date: September 6, 1878

Terms of Service

  • House, 14th Legislature
    1/13/1874 - 4/18/1876
    Democrat
  • House, 8th (1) (3) (4) Legislature
    11/7/1859 - 11/4/1861
     
  • House, 2nd (2) Legislature
    12/13/1847 - 11/5/1849
     
(1) "In April 1860 two seemingly unrelated meetings of Unionists occurred . . . The newly created Constitutional Union party met in the Tyler courthouse to nominate delegates to that party's national convention. A.M. Gentry, . . . Anthony Bannon Norton, Benjamin Holland Epperson, and Lemuel D. Evans, completed a quartet made up of two Whigs, a Know-Nothing, and a Union Democrat. "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 444. Journal of Southern History .
(2) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(3) Mentioned as an "old-line Whig" in "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 245. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
(4) Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Photo, mentioned p. 34. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service 2005.
  • Biographical sketch, "A Guide to the Benjamin Holland Epperson Papers, 1834-1876." Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin 2006.
  • B.H. Epperson, birth date 11/3/1824 on grave marker, death date 9/6/1878, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County. Find a Grave .
  • EPPERSON, BENJAMIN HOLLAND (1826-1878). Born 1826 in Amite County, Mississippi, "Epperson was a leader of the Whig party in Texas during the early 1850s. He ran unsuccessfully for governor on the Whig ticket in 1851 and joined the new American (Know-Nothing) party in the mid-1850s." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Description of Benjamin Epperson's home, House of the Seasons, in Jefferson, TX. House of the Seasons .
  • ". . . one of four delegates representing Texas at the National Constitutional Union Conventions commencing May 9 at Baltimore." Baggett, James Alex, "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," The Journal of Southern History, Vol.40(3), August 1974, p. 444. Journal of Southern History .
  • "Benjamin H. Epperson and His House of the Seasons," by Barbara Edwards. Texas State Historical Association. The Texas Historian, Volume 44, Number 2, November 1983, pp. 1-6, crediting Texas State Historical Association. Born 11/3/1826 in Amite County, Mississippi. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Death notice, "B.H. Epperson," The Galveston Daily News, 9/7/1878, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Death date 9/6/1878.
    Death notice, role in development of industrial resources and railroads in North Texas, "Death of Hon. B.H. Epperson," Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 9/10/1878, p. 1, crediting Fort Worth Public Library.
    Obituary, "Death of Col. B.H. Epperson," The Panola Watchman (Carthage, Texas), 9/18/1878, p. 2, crediting Sammy Brown Library; reprint of Marshall Herald. Born 11/3/1824 in Mississippi.
    Obituary, "Texas Loses a Patriot," Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Texas), 9/19/1878, p. 1. "Had he lived until the third of November he would have been 54 years of age" (birth date 11/3/1824). Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . September 10, 1878 September 19, 1878
  • September 7, 1878 September 18, 1878
  • Biographical sketch, p. 60. Born 11/3/1826 in Amite County, Mississippi. Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas 2008.
  • Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
  • Included on list of "Texas Whigs Named in Newspapers and Identified From the Census of 1850," Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 30-33. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Born 11/3/1824 in Mississippi. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature 1860.
  • Benjamin Holland Epperson. Born 1826, died 9/6/1878. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 55, 149. Texas in the War, 1861-1865 1965.
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