Description: Shears with black handle. Handwritten on one side: 117-7-80T.
Description: Historical Note: These shears were used by Colonel George Durham, Republic of Texas, Chief Clerk in the Comptroller's Office, in the financial affairs of the Republic of Texas in Houston's second administration. They were also used by Mrs. Price Daniel in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the dedication of the State Archives and Library Building, April 10, 1962. George John Durham, state official and writer, was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, on May 12, 1820. He immigrated to the United States in 1835 and moved to Texas from New Jersey in 1837. The next year he became chief clerk in the comptroller's office, which was located in Houston at that time. He moved to Austin with the government in 1839. After annexation he was chief clerk in the comptroller's office under James B. Shaw and Clement R. Johns. Durham was elected mayor of Austin in 1852. In 1861 he was a delegate to the Secession Convention. He served for a short time as an orderly sergeant in the Confederate Army but was recalled to act as state war-tax collector. He served as secretary of the Democratic state convention in 1868. He died of typhoid in Austin on April 10, 1869, and was buried in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery.
Citation information: ATF0257, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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