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PERSON, HIRAM KENNEDY

PERSON, HIRAM KENNEDY (ca. 1812–1844). Hiram Kennedy Person, pioneer lawyer, legislator, and chief justice of Robertson County, son of Thomas and Martha (Kennedy) Person, was born in Moore County, North Carolina, about 1812. He had a younger brother and sister. His father died in 1828. Person received his education at Wake Forest Institute (now Wake Forest University), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and probably moved to Texas about 1840–41. He settled in Robertson County, where he established a law practice and became active in community and political affairs. He was never married. As a third corporal in the Robertson County Battalion, he served from January 25 to March 4, 1841, under the command of Samuel B. Killough and participated in the Morehouse expedition (see MOREHOUSE, EDWIN). Person was elected chief justice of his county on May 28, 1842, and was its representative in the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas, from December 6, 1843, to February 5, 1844.

Person died in the spring of 1844, leaving an extensive estate that included a lot in Franklin and a third-class headright certificate for 320 acres of land that was awarded to him on August 1, 1842, by the Board of Land Commissioners of Robertson County, Republic of Texas. This certificate was transferred to his heirs on May 2, 1855, and the land was ultimately surveyed and patented in what is now Jack County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Ann Hammock Auburg

Citation

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

Ann Hammock Auburg, "PERSON, HIRAM KENNEDY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe47), accessed September 23, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.