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TOLER, DANIEL J. (?–1854). Daniel J. Toler, rancher, soldier, and public official, was born in New Jersey and immigrated to Parras, Coahuila, Mexico, sometime before 1832. There he established a partnership with James Grant in a large landholding operation. He was a member of the Coahuila and Texas legislature in 1835. Upon learning that spring that Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos was on his way with a regiment of the Mexican army to disperse the congress, the legislators fled; Toler went first to Parras to see to his estates and in January 1836 rejoined Grant in San Antonio de Béxar. Toler accompanied Grant on the Matamoros expedition of 1835–36 but avoided both the massacre of Col. Francis W. Johnson's command at San Patricio on February 27 and the similar fate of Grant's men at Agua Dulce on March 2, 1836 (see AGUA DULCE CREEK, BATTLE OF, and SAN PATRICIO, BATTLE OF). Toler served as notary public for Washington County from January 1, 1839, until his appointment later that year as the county's chief justice. On January 6, 1843, Sam Houston reappointed Toler notary public for Washington County. In 1844 he was appointed postmaster general of the Republic of Texas, and after annexation he was named special agent of the United States Post Office Department to devise new postal routes for Texas. In 1850 he owned 1,467 acres in Washington County. Toler died in Newark, New Jersey, on May 22, 1854.


Clarksville Northern Standard, June 24, 1854. Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

Thomas W. Cutrer

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