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KESSLER, ALEXANDER LOUIS

KESSLER, ALEXANDER LOUIS (1837–1897). Alexander Louis, or A.L, Kessler, Texas legislator, was born in Nassau, Germany, on December 5, 1837. He was the son of Ludwig and Christina Kessler. The family immigrated to Texas in 1845, landed at Indianola, and eventually settled in New Braunfels. In 1857 Kessler worked in a surveying party that measured the boundary between Texas and New Mexico. During the Civil War, Kessler, fluent in Spanish, was sent by Gen. John Bankhead Magruder to conduct commerce with Mexican trading parties. In the years just after the war Kessler worked as a government contractor and private merchant. He married Hermine [Hermina] Floege in New Braunfels on June 14, 1866. They had a son.

Kessler was a member of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Texas Legislatures, representing the Twenty-ninth District. This district encompassed the following counties: Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Wilson, Atascosa, Bandera, and Edwards. Not only did Kessler serve in the Texas State Legislature from 1874 to 1876, he also served as mayor of New Braunfels from 1873 to 1875. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Braunfels Academy from 1875 to 1877, which was one of the first schools in Texas history to have used local taxes to fund public education. Kessler continued to reside in New Braunfels until his death. He owned approximately 1,000 acres and engaged in farming and stock raising. He was a Mason and also belonged to the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights of Honor. He died on November 26, 1897, and was buried in Comal Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Lewis E. Daniell, Personnel of the Texas State Government, with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas (3d ed., San Antonio: Maverick Printing House, 1892). Oscar Hass, History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas, 1844–1946 (Austin: Steck, 1968). Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers, 1894). Charles E. Spellman, ed., The Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster, 1846–1992 (Austin: Texas House of Representatives, 1992). Vivian Zipp and Carol Friesenhahn, comps., Comal Cemetery Records, 1873–2001, Part 1, a to Key, Vol. 1 (2 vols., New Braunfels: Comal County Genealogy Society, 2002).

Katherine Lancaster

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Katherine Lancaster, "KESSLER, ALEXANDER LOUIS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fke86), accessed July 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.