Committee on Texan Declaration of Independence
THE COMMITTEE ON THE TEXAN DECLARATION
J. K. GREm
Few facts concerning the life of Edward Conrad are known,
as there are only one or two brief sketches of him, and tradition
yields nothing. I-He was born in Pennsylvania, February 22,
1810.a He was by occupation a printer, and his brother, Robert
T. Conrad,O of Philadelphia, was prominent poet, editor, and
city official of his day. That Edward Conrad was probably a man
of fair education and attractive personality may be inferred from
his birth in Pennsylvania,1 where good schools for the times
"Dixon, The Men Who Made Texas Free, 121.
6o"Robert T. Conrad, the author of the highly successful tragedy of
'Aylmere,' was born in Philadelphia, about the year 1810. After complet-
ing his preliminary education, he studied law with his uncle, Thomas
Kitters, E'sq., but, in place of the practice of the profession, devoted him-
self to an editorial career, by the publication of the 'Daily Commercial
Intelligencer,' a periodical he subsequently merged in the 'Philadelphia
In consequence of ill health, he was forced to abandon the toil of daily
editorship. lHe returned to the practice of the law, and was immediately
appointed Recorder. After holding this office for two weeks, he became
a Judge of the 'Court of Criminal Sessions; and, on the abolition of that
tribunal, was appointed to the bench of the General Sessions, established
in its place.
When the city and county of Philadelphia became consolidated, he was
the first Mayor under the Act, and was elected to that office by the Native
Conrad's play was published by the author, in 1852, in a volume en-
titled "Aylmere, or the Bondman of Kent; and other Poems."
Robert T. Conrad died June 27, 1858, aged forty-eight years.
Henry Simpson, The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased
(Philadelphia, 1859), 246.
6Robert T. Conrad wrote Stephen F. Austin from Philadelphia, on
April 12, 1836:
"Having a brother engaged in the cause of Texas, I myself feel a deep
interest in its progress & an anxious desire to promote, by any means in
my power, its success. For that purpose, I am desirous of lending my
feeble aid to excite, in its favour, the sympathies of the public, and secure
it, as well the advantage of a recognition by Congress, as more direct
& effectual aid, by collections. This has caused, & I hope will excuse,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101088/. Accessed January 30, 2015.