Frank L. Britton, attorney and adjutant general of Texas under Edmund J. Davis from November 15, 1872, to January 15, 1874, also served as Davis's private secretary. He was probably a nephew of Davis's wife, Anne Britton Davis. At one time he served as city attorney of Austin. A Texas legal directory listed him as a member of the Davis and Britton law firm in Austin in 1876–77. On August 9, 1877, he was accused of shooting United States marshal Thomas F. Purnell in Austin. Britton was jailed but released without bail by August 20. Conflicting testimony in court as to whether both men pulled guns made a case for self-defense.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Anonymous, “Britton, Frank L.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 21, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/britton-frank-l.
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