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Finding Aid to the Volney E. Howard Biographical Collection MS.685
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  • Biographical note
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing history
  • Acquisition
  • Use
  • Access

  • Title: Volney E. Howard Biographical Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.685
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1923
    Abstract: This file contains correspondence between C. W. Ramsdell of the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin and Los Angeles lawyer Grant Jackson from 1923, regarding biographical information on Judge Volney E. Howard (1809-1889) and his involvement in the Commission to Settle Private Land Claims in California in the 1850s.
    creator: Jackson, Grant, 1866-1925
    creator: Ramsdell, Charles W. (Charles William), 1877-1942

    Biographical note

    Volney Erskine Howard (1809, October 22 – 1889, May 14) was an American lawyer, statesman, and jurist.
    Born in Mississippi, Howard moved to Texas and was appointed the first Attorney General of the State of Texas in 1846. He served in that role for only 6 months. He then represented Texas's District 2 in the U.S. Congress from 1849 to 1853. Appointed attorney to the Land Commission of California by President Franklin Pierce, Howard left Texas to move to California. He resigned from the Commission after a few months to practice law in San Francisco. In 1856, he was appointed Adjutant General of California. In 1861 he moved to Los Angeles, where he was the District Attorney of Los Angeles, California from 1864–68, and a superior court judge beginning in 1879. He served only one term, due to the ill health that also forced him to refuse a potential nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Howard died in Santa Monica, California, May 1889.

    Historical note

    The Commission to Settle Private Land Claims was set up in San Francisco by act of Congress, the California Land Act of 1851, "to ascertain and settle private land claims" which derived from Spanish and Mexican grants in California. The Commission was active from 1851 to 1856, and there were some 813 such claims brought before the Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    This file contains correspondence between C. W. Ramsdell of the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin and Los Angeles lawyer Grant Jackson from 1923, regarding biographical information on Judge Volney E. Howard (1809-1889) and his involvement in the Commission to Settle Private Land Claims in California in the 1850s.

    Preferred citation

    Volney E. Howard Biographical Collection, 1923, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.685.

    Processing history

    Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 8, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Acquisition

    Donated by H. D. Crotty, 1945 July.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Commission to Settle Private Land Claims.
    Howard, Volney E. (Volney Erskine), 1809-1889
    California -- History
    California -- History -- 19th century
    Correspondence
    Land grants -- California
    Lawyers
    Politicians -- West (U.S.)