Scurry, Thomas (1859–1911)

By: Claudia Hazlewood

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: February 19, 2019

Thomas Scurry, businessman, soldier, and adjutant general of Texas at the turn of the century, son of Evantha (Foster) and Richardson A. Scurry, was born in Waller County, Texas, on March 15, 1859. He was employed in the wholesale business in Houston in 1876 and later worked in the general offices of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad. From 1880 to 1886 he was captain of the Houston Light Guards. Scurry established a real estate business in Dallas in 1886. During the Spanish-American War he was a major in the First Texas Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed adjutant general by Governor Charles A. Culberson on January 17, 1899, and had supervision of martial law imposed at Galveston during the flood of 1900. As adjutant general, he was instrumental in drafting a bill for reorganization of the Texas Rangers. In 1902 he was ordered to Brownsville by Governor Joseph D. Sayers to investigate cowboy-ranger difficulties in Cameron County. Scurry married Emma Welch Gano in Dallas in 1896. They had two children. He died in Dallas on December 17, 1911.

C. W. Raines, Year Book for Texas (2 vols., Austin: Gammel-Statesman, 1902, 1903). Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982).

  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas

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

Claudia Hazlewood, “Scurry, Thomas,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 27, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 19, 2019

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