TCC FREE Lecture: Elisha Marshall Pease: Son of Enfield, Father of Texas

February 20, 2013
6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Elisha M. Pease is an important figure in the history of Austin and the history of Texas.

A member of the first, second, and third Texas legislatures, he served as governor from 1853-1857 and as provisional governor between 1867-1869 during Reconstruction. Born in Enfield, Connecticut in 1812, Pease came to Mexican, Texas in 1835 and almost immediately played an instrumental role in the war for independence and in helping to set up the government of the new Republic. Eventually settling in Brazoria County, Pease became a lawyer and spokesperson for some of the wealthiest planters in Texas. He also became rich.

Dr. McGhee, also from Enfield Connecticut, will contextualize Pease’s story within broader Texas and American history. Pease is the embodiment of a class of nineteenth century “Lone Star Yankees”—others include William Marsh Rice, Anson Jones, and Charles Morgan—who came to Texas from the north in search of a better life and who played pivotal roles in the the social, political and economic development of the Lone Star State.

Note: Although this is a free event and open to the public, registration is required.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UT Austin Campus
Thompson Conference Center (TCC)
Room 1.110

More information and registration is available online.