Storrs, Augustus (1791–1850)

By: William E. Bard

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

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Augustus Storrs, early Santa Fe trader and public official, son of Augustus and Anna (Forbes) Storrs, was born on April 5, 1791, at Hanover, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1812, taught at Flushing, Long Island, for two years, and then moved to Franklin, Missouri, where he was postmaster and clerk in the Missouri legislature. His natural restlessness and interest in mercantile pursuits drew him away from a political career, and as early as 1823 he joined a Santa Fe caravan; he subsequently became a trader on the Santa Fe Trail. He was appointed consul at Santa Fe in 1825, became a Mexican citizen, and in 1831 established his headquarters in Chihuahua. A report that he furnished to Thomas Hart Benton on caravan trade proved to be most useful. In 1839, when his Chihuahua business declined, Storrs moved to Texas, where he had purchased considerable land. His store at Linnville was burned during the Linnville Raid of 1840. Storrs subsequently lived on his estate at Carlos Rancho in Refugio County until his death on July 29, 1850.

Thomas Hart Benton, ed. and comp., Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. 8. Colorado Tribune, September 14, 1850. Robert L. Duffus, The Santa Fe Trail (New York: Longmans, Green, 1930).

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

William E. Bard, “Storrs, Augustus,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995