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PRICE, LARKIN FOSTER

PRICE, LARKIN FOSTER (1821–1895). Larkin Foster Price, lawyer, state legislator, and judge, was born in Kentucky in November 1821. He was the son of Larkin and Sarah (McDowell) Price. According to a Texas legislative journal, Price immigrated to Texas in 1846. His obituary stated that he served as a soldier in the Mexican War. He settled in Galveston, worked as a lawyer, and was later elected judge in Galveston County. Prior to 1850 Price moved to Fayette County and settled in LaGrange to continue his legal practice. On February 7, 1850, Price married Virginia E.B. King in Fayette County. This couple had one son. Price assumed a leading role in local political affairs and represented Fayette County in the House of the Seventh Texas Legislature from November 2, 1857, to November 7, 1859. Around this time, Price was a leading member of the Texas Know-Nothings (see AMERICAN PARTY), a political party focused on halting the influence of foreigners in political and economic affairs, as well as intent on weakening the dominant political position of the Democratic Party in Texas. He was elected to the House of the Ninth Texas Legislature and served from November 4, 1861, to July 3, 1862. During this time he chaired the Public Debt Committee.

During the Civil War, Price raised a company of militia, the Silver Greys, which was incorporated in Battalion C of the Twenty-second Brigade of the Texas State Troops, organized in central and southeastern Texas. Price was elected captain, but no record indicates that he saw action during the war. Following the war, Price was listed as a lawyer living with his wife and son in La Grange, Texas. By 1880 he was living in Galveston. During his later years, he lived in San Antonio and served as a commissioner of the United States Circuit Court. He was an active Mason and belonged to Alamo Lodge No. 44 in San Antonio. Larkin Price died at his home in San Antonio on October 20, 1895, and was buried at Alamo Masonic Cemetery in that city.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Alamo Masonic Cemetery (http://www.angelfire.com/folk/alamo_masonic_cem/), accessed June 3, 2014. Ellis A. Davis, and Edwin H. Grobe, comps., The New Encyclopedia of Texas (4 vols. 1929?). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Larkin Price (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=4952&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=price~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed June 3, 2014. San Antonio Daily Light, October 21, 2014. Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade, An Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936). Ralph A. Wooster, “An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 70 (January 1967).

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, "PRICE, LARKIN FOSTER," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpr38), accessed September 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 5, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.