TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. XTV JANUARY, 1911 No. 3
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expressed by contributors to THE QUARTERLY
GEORGE PIERCE GARRISON
H. Y. BENEDICT
On July 3, 1910, at his home in Austin, George Pierce Garrison
died of heart disease. For over a year his health had been grad-
ually failing and he had been coming slowly to a realization of
the fact that his labors were exceeding his powers of endurance.
Planning to work less arduously as soon as he could dispose of the
second volume of the "Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic
of Texas," which he was then engaged in editing, he was overtaken
by death with the proofs of the volume upon his desk. His imme-
diate task was nearly done, but, dying at the age of fifty-six, it
can hardly be said that his life work had rounded to a perfect
close. Had he been spared, his character and his influence would
have continued to benefit the University of Texas, and his learning
and industry would have continued to illumine the history of our
country. Unfortunately, in place of his active presence, the mem-
ory of him alone now serves to guide and inspire.
George Pierce Garrison was born December 19, 1853, at Car-
rollton, Georgia. His father, Patterson Gillespie Garrison, and
his mother, Mary Ann Curtiss Garrison, were Georgians of Geor-
gian descent. His early experiences differed in nowise from those
of the average Georgia boy of the period. He retained a pretty
vivid recollection of war time and the accompanying privations,
along with a considerable knowledge of negro life and character.
His early schooling was obtained at Sewanee College, Win-
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed July 13, 2014.