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Money purse, John O. Meusebach
Title: Money purse, John O. Meusebach
Description: Crocheted money purse. Blue, pink and purple.
Description: Historical Note: This knitted purse was made by Meusebach's fiancée in Germany. The large end held paper money. The ring was slipped over the coins in the smaller end. Meusebach lost his first fiancée, Elisabeth von Hardenburg, to typhoid fever. On September 28, 1852, he married seventeen-year-old Countess Agnes of Coreth. It is assumed that this purse was made by Elisabeth. Born in Dillenburg, Germany, Baron Otfried Hans Freiherr von Meusebach, or John O. Meusebach (1812-1897), was one of four children to Baron Carl Hartwig Gregor von Meusebach and Ernestine von Witzleben. After studying law at the University of Bonn in 1832, Meusebach transferred to the University of Halle and took his bar examinations in 1836. A fluent speaker of English, Meusebach was appointed as commissioner general of the Adelsverein (Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas) in 1845. Arriving in Galveston, Texas, that same year, Meusebach adopted the name John Otfried in place of his noble title and established his post in New Braunfels. Determined that more land could be acquired for German immigrants through the Fisher-Miller Land Grant, Meusebach and Comanche chiefs Buffalo Hump, Santa Anna, and Mopechucope negotiated and signed Meusebach-Comanche Treaty on May 9, 1847, in an effort to protect surveyors and colonists. Following his success as commissioner general, Meusebach was elected to the Texas Senate to represent Bexar, Comal, and Medina counties in 1851, advocating successfully for a bill that established public schools in 1852.
Description: Related Collection: John O. Meusebach Papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and Subject guide to Native American holdings at the Texas State Archives.
Citation information: ATF0147, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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