CULBERSON, David Browning

CULBERSON, David Browning
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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CULBERSON, David Browning, (father of Charles Allen Culberson), a Representative from Texas; born in Troup County, Ga., September 29, 1830; pursued preparatory studies in Brownwood College, La Grange, Ga.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Dadeville, Ala.; moved to Texas in 1856; settled in Jefferson, Marion County, in 1861 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1859; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a private; promoted to the rank of colonel of the Eighteenth Texas Infantry; assigned to duty in 1864 as adjutant general of the State of Texas with the rank of colonel; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1864; elected to the State senate in 1873 and served until his resignation, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1897); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Fiftieth, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1896; appointed by President McKinley on June 21, 1897, as one of the commissioners to codify the laws of the United States and served in this capacity until his death in Jefferson, Tex., May 7, 1900; interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1879, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Bell Maxey to President Rutherford B. Hayes written on April 2, 1879. In the letter, Samuel Maxey recommends Frederick W. Miner for district attorney of the northern district of Texas. An added autograph endorsement is by D. B. Culberson
Papers: 1879, 1 item. A letter from James Webb Throckmorton to President Rutherford B. Hayes written on July 21, 1879. In the letter, James Throckmorton recommends Thomas J. Brown for a judgeship in Texas. Other authors include D.B. Culberson.

Texas State Library
Archives Division

Austin, TX
Papers: 1880-1888, 1 volume. A letter book from the Culberson and Culberson Company. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In Texas Governor Edward Clark's Papers, 1861, 1.16 cubic feet. Correspondents include David B. Culberson. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Culberson, David Browning. Issue of circulating notes. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

___. Tariff. Speech of Hon. David B. Culberson, of Texas, in the House of Representatives, April 30, 1884. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

Schlup, Leonard. "Political Patriarch: David B. Culberson and the Politics of Railroad Building, Tariff Reform, and Silver Coinage in Post-Civil War America." East Texas Historical Journal 34 (Spring 1996): 30-39.

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