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HOPKINS, DESMOND PULASKI (1838–1918). Desmond Pulaski Hopkins, county official and amateur historian, was born in 1838 and taken by his family to Lamar County, Texas, in 1839. In June 1855 he moved to San Marcos, where he was notary public in 1858 and in 1861 was appointed a lieutenant in the Frontier Regiment, Company F, Thirty-third Texas Cavalry. Sometime after 1863 he married a daughter of Lewis Lawshe. After the Civil War he was deputy United States marshal for a time but resigned the position to become district clerk of Hays County. He held that position for four years, that of county commissioner for four years, and that of city tax assessor and collector of San Marcos for twenty-five years. He contributed numerous articles on Texas history to Hays County papers and to the Dallas Herald (see DALLAS TIMES HERALD). Photostatic copies of his articles up to the year 1873 are in the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. His diary from February 26 to August 23, 1862, while he was a member of the Frontier Regiment, was printed in the San Antonio Express on January 13, 1918. Hopkins was a Methodist and a Mason.


Desmond Pulaski Hopkins Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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