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Edward Thomas Branch

Born: Dec 6, 1811

Death: Jan 1, 1861

Birthplace: Richmond

Nationality: United States

Edward Thomas Branch

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1811
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1861
Birth Place : Richmond

Edward Thomas Branch was a Republic of Texas legislator and Judge, and after the annexation of Texas to the United States, served briefly as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Branch was born 6 December 1811 in Richmond, Virginia. After relocating to Jackson, Mississippi, he settled at Liberty, Texas in 1835 after having been hijacked on his way to Cuba and put ashore at Anahuac. He worked as a teacher in Liberty through early 1836. Branch joined the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution, serving as a first sergeant under William M. Logan, and saw action at the Battle of San Jacinto. He later re-enlisted and served a stint as first lieutenant under Benjamin Franklin Hardin in 1837. Residents of Liberty County sent Branch as their representative to the First and Second Congresses of the Republic of Texas. He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee during both sessions. Branch was appointed a District Judge in 1838, which also made him an Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He served as judge until 12 August 1840.

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