The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 221
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THOMAS L. MILLER
TEXAS HAS DISPOSED OF SOME ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY MILLION
acres of public land since 1835. Public lands have been
used to support education, to promote railroads and other
internal improvements, to finance construction of the state capitol,
to encourage immigration with headright grants and homesteads
for settlers, to reward veterans of the revolution and to provide for
frontier defense. With the exception of certain advantages given
to veterans in the headright grants, all other military grants
have been classified as bounty grants or donation grants. Bounty
grants were grants of land promised to soldiers in advance of
their service; donations grants were made after the service had
been rendered. This study will treat only the bounty grants.
Texas granted over five million acres as bounty grants alone
between 1835 and 1888.1 Two excellent general studies of the
Texas public land system have been published, but they mention
only briefly the bounty land grants.2 Aldon S. Lang wrote in
1932 that "The amount of land granted to Texas revolutionary
soldiers is not given separately in the figures compiled by the
General Land Office, but these grants are included along with the
totals for both military grants and grants to immigrants, ... "8
In 191o J. T. Robison, Commissioner of the General Land
'This figure results from a study aimed at locating a complete record of each
bounty warrant issued, the number of each warrant, the number of acres granted
by each one, the date of issue of each one, and the military service for which each
was issued; information on the "location" or survey of each warrant, including the
amount of land surveyed, its location, and the original grantee or assignee for whom
it was surveyed; and patent information, including the amount of land patented,
its location, to whom it was patented, and the patent number, volume, and date
of patent. For a list of the bounty grants see Thomas L. Miller, Bounty Land
Grants of Texas, 1885-1888 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1956).
2Reuben McKitrick, The Public Land System of Texas, 1823-1910 (Madison,
1918); Aldon S. Lang, Financial History of Public Lands in Texas (Waco, 1932;
Baylor University Bulletin, XXXV, No. 3).
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963, periodical, 1963; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/m1/241/?rotate=90: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.