Halbert, Nathan (1794–1867)

By: Robert Wooster

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: March 29, 2022

Nathan Halbert, pioneer and public official, was born in Central City, Kentucky, in 1794, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (O’Daniel) Halbert. He served in the War of 1812. He married Mary Clementine Bouleris in Kentucky in 1833. He moved to Texas in 1834 and was commissioned two years later by Sam Houston as the first chief justice of the new Jefferson Municipality. In 1837 Halbert was elected tax collector for Jefferson County. He was appointed to the traveling board of land commissioners east of the Brazos River in 1841. The following year Jefferson County voters elected him to the lower house of the Seventh Congress of the Republic of Texas. He was also tax assessor-collector in 1845. By 1850 he had moved to Milam County, where he lived with his wife and eight children, all but one of whom were born in Texas. The census in 1850 listed Halbert as a farmer with real property holdings of $8,000. Halbert died on May 29, 1867, in Coryell County.

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

  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • House
  • Republic of Texas Congressmen
  • Seventh Congress (1842-1843)
  • Judges
Time Periods:
  • Republic of Texas
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Central Texas
  • East Texas
  • Upper Gulf Coast

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

Robert Wooster Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Halbert, Nathan,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/halbert-nathan.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 29, 2022