Starr, James Franklin (1844–1902)

By: Linda S. Hudson

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: July 1, 1995

James Franklin Starr, Civil War soldier and businessman, was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on March 30, 1844, the son of Harriet (Johnson) and James Harper Starr and the older brother of Amory Reily Starr. Frank and Amory attended local schools and Nacogdoches University. Frank enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in 1861 and took part in the New Mexico campaign under Gen. Henry H. Sibley. He participated in the battle of Galveston and served in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He held the rank of major at the end of the war, when he attended the University of Virginia and returned to Marshall, Texas, to form a partnership with his father. James H. Starr and Son, Land and Banking Agents, was the first bank in Marshall. Amory took over the banking firm in 1873. On June 6, 1868, Frank married Clara Fry Clapp. They had ten children. He died on January 11, 1902, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Marshall.

David B. Gracy II, "New Mexico Campaign Letters of Frank Starr, 1861–1862," Texas Military History 4 (Fall 1964). James Harper Starr Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Time Periods:
  • Civil War

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July 1, 1995

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