The Forgotten Texas Statesman

The Forgotten Texas Statesman

Allen H. Mesch

Who was this Man?

  • Appointed Attorney General of the Republic of Texas
  • Served as interim Secretary of State
  • Assisted in the Annexation of Texas to the United States
  • First elected Attorney General of the State of Texas
  • Obtained first railroad charter in Texas
  • A local advocate of Spiritualism
  • Represented engineers and inventors in their dealings with the Richmond government
  • A civilian member of the Confederate Engineering Bureau
  • Died mysteriously in Richmond, Virginia
  • Town in north Texas named after him

About the Author

Allen Mesch is an author, educator, and historian. Mr. Mesch held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Woman’s University. Allen taught classes on the Civil War in Collin College’s SAIL program.

He is the author of Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant (July 2015). In March 2016 he published the companion book, Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith, with letters General Smith wrote to his daughter. Also, in 2016, Allen wrote about his wife’s ancestor, Charles A. Marvin – “One Year, Six Months, and Eleven Days.” Allen wrote Preparing for Disunion: West Point Commandants and the Training of Civil War Leaders (November 2018) to examine the contributions of commandants of cadets at the military academy.

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