Description: Gavel with wooden handle and head, slightly stylized. Etched on one side of the handle (rough handwriting): To JHR. Etched on the other side: G.C.
Description: Historical Note: This gavel was made from wood taken from the home of John H. Reagan in Fort Houston. Born in Sevier County, Tennessee, John Henniger Reagan (1818-1905) came to Texas in 1839. He was an attorney, a judge, a militia officer, and a Democratic politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives both before and after the Civil War (1858-1861, 1875-1887), and as a U.S. Senator from Texas (1887-1891). In 1861, Reagan was appointed by President Jefferson Davis to be the Confederate Postmaster-General. He also served as the Confederate Secretary of the Treasury until his capture in 1865. In later life, Reagan served as the first Railroad Commissioner of Texas (1891-1903) and founded the Texas State Historical Association in 1897.
Description: Related Collection: Reagan (John H.) Letters [2-23/1079] and John H. Reagan collection at the Texas State Archives, and John H. Reagan papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Citation information: ATF0006, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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