Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan, Texas clubwoman and writer, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Jane (Harris) Briscoe, was born in Harrisburg, Texas, on February 5, 1848. She graduated from Miss Mary B. Brown's Young Ladies' School at Houston in 1866. On September 13, 1881, she married Maj. Michael Looscan, Confederate officer, lawyer, and county attorney of Harris County. In 1885 Mrs. Looscan organized the Ladies Reading Club of Houston and made it a model for similar study clubs in the state. She was one of the founders and chairman of the executive board of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which was organized in her mother's home, and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. Looscan was a charter member of the Houston Pen Women, the Texas Woman's Press Association, and the Texas State Historical Association. She served as president of TSHA from 1915 to 1925 and contributed articles to the Quarterly. She wrote three articles included in Dudley G. Wooten's A Comprehensive History of Texas (1898) and other articles published in various journals, including the Texas Messenger, Ladies' Messenger, and Texas Magazine. She sometimes used the pen name "Texan." Mrs. Looscan moved to her mother's home after her husband's death in 1897 and became an invalid in 1929. She died at Houston on November 23, 1935, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston. Her library of 1,500 works, mostly relating to Texas history, was donated to the Houston Public Library. Her portrait was given to the library in 1936, and a branch library was named in her honor in 1956.
Is history important to you?
We need your support because we are a non-profit organization that relies upon contributions from our community in order to record and preserve the history of our state. Every dollar helps.
Houston Chronicle, March 26, 1929. Houston Metropolitan Research Center Files, Houston Public Library. Marguerite Johnston, Houston, The Unknown City, 1836–1946 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1991). Sinclair Moreland, The Texas Women's Hall of Fame (Austin: Biographical Press, 1917). San Antonio Express, November 24, 1935. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Activism and Social Reform
Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
Patrons, Collectors, and Philanthropists
Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
Texas in the 1920s
Upper Gulf Coast
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Looscan, Adele Lubbock Briscoe,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 15, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.