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- DescriptionThough three times burned in effigy for his political activities, Ashbel Smith was an admired and influential leader in nineteenth-century Texas. A doctor educated at Yale and abroad, the father of Texas medicine championed higher standards of medical practice and helped found the state's medical society. He worked persistently to establish free public education in Texas and in his later years led the way in founding Prairie View State Normal School, the University of Texas (which he also served as regent), and the university's medical school at Galveston. In the first full-length biography of this important Texas statesman, Elizabeth Silverthorne portrays t only a very human and exciting personality but also the world he lived in, as seen through his eyes, and the part he played in shaping that world. Using public records, Smith's own journals, memoranda, and personal papers and the writings of his prominent contemporaries, she presents the tale of a vital, complex life so inextricably woven into the history of Texas . . . that whenever we examine any of the burning issues of the day-finance, politics, religion, transportation, immigration, agriculture, warfare, medicine, or education-we find Ashbel Smith there, analyzing, expounding, crusading, searching for the truth to open the way to a better life for Texans.
- Author BiographyELIZABETH SILVERTHORNE is a freelance writer who has spent seven years researching the life and work of Ashbel Smith. To understand his perspective and to gather materials, she has traced his footsteps from Hartford to Salisbury, North Carolina, to New Haven to London and Paris to Evergreen, his home on Galveston Bay. Silverthorne, who has taught college courses in writing and literature, now lives in Temple, Texas.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Silverthorne
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2000
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight408 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine20 mm
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