Texas Land Grant, ca. 1850s Signed by Governor Elisha M. Pease

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Texas Land Grant, ca. 1850s Signed by Governor Elisha M. Pease

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Texas, ca. 1850s. Issued Land Grant signed by Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease, Partially printed with very faded handwriting that is difficult to read, Embossed seal at bottom left, the date of ca. 1840s at bottom right appears to have been written over, likely with a date from the 1850s. The writing likely describes and outlines the parameters of the land being granted by the Governor. Fine condition with damage at center fold lines, toning, and staining. Elisha Marshall Pease (January 3, 1812 - August 26, 1883) served as the fifth and 13th governor of Texas. A native of Enfield, Connecticut, Pease moved to Mexican Texas in 1835. He soon became active in the Texas independence movement and after the Texas Revolution began, Pease became the secretary of the provisional government. He served as the assistant secretary at the Convention of 1836 but was not an elected delegate to the Convention. After independence had been won, Pease was named the comptroller of public accounts in the government of the new but temporary Republic of Texas. Following the annexation of Texas to the United States, Pease was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1845 and reelected in 1847. In 1849, he ran for the Texas Senate from District 11 (Brazoria and Galveston counties) but lost to John B. Jones who was sworn in on November 5, 1849. Pease contested the election, was declared the winner, and was sworn in four days later on November 9, 1849. Pease first ran for governor in 1851 but withdrew from the race two weeks before the election. He was elected in each of the next two elections, 1853 and 1855. As governor, he paid off the state debt and established the financial foundation that the state would later use to finance its schools and colleges. During the American Civil War, Pease sided with the Union. He nonetheless enslaved several people; census records show ten enslaved people living and laboring at Pease's Austin plantation in 1860. After the war, he became a leader in the state Republican Party and was appointed as the civilian governor of Texas in 1867 by General Philip H. Sheridan, who was the military head of the Reconstruction government. Pease's policies as governor alienated both ex-Unionists and ex-Confederates and he resigned in 1869. Interesting piece of Texas history.