Arnett, Cullen Curlee (1812–1854)

By: Robert Wooster

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Cullen Arnett, Republic of Texas congressman, son of Davis and Rhoda (Curlee) Arnett, was born in Alabama on March 27, 1812. He moved to Madison County, Mississippi, in 1828, and four years later to Leake County, where he was elected sheriff. He married Elizabeth Norrid on August 12, 1834, and had at least six children. In 1838, after the death of Cullen's mother, the Arnett family moved to Texas. Arnett secured a land grant in Liberty County on December 5, 1839. He represented Liberty County in the Fifth Congress of the Republic of Texas, from November 2, 1840, to February 5, 1841. By 1845 he had moved to Wolf Creek in Tyler County, and he was appointed notary public there on May 22, 1846. He and his family were living in Milam County by 1850; that year's census reported his real estate to be worth $500. He was elected county commissioner in February 1851. Arnett died at Seguin on July 24, 1854.

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

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

Robert Wooster, “Arnett, Cullen Curlee,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 18, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994