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of 1836, during which Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
Peter arrived in Texas during the winter of 1838. After studying law in
his father's office in Houston, he served in the Texas army, was admitted
to the bar, and succeeded his father as Harris County district attorney
Judge Gray was active in politics, serving in the House of the first
Texas legislature and in the Senate of the Fourth Legislature, and was
elected district judge after Texas joined the Union. He served in the
House of the Confederate Congress and as a volunteer aide on the staff
of General John B. Magruder during the Union attack on Galveston in
1863. In 1864 he was appointed fiscal agent of the Trans-Mississippi
Department by Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Gray resumed
his law practice after the Civil War, but was stricken with pulmonary
tuberculosis and in 1873 went to Europe to try to regain his health. He
returned and was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in February,
1874, but resigned two months later because of ill health and died on
October 3, 1874. He was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.
Gray County in the Panhandle was named in his honor.
The Peter W. Gray collection consists of twenty-two volumes of rare
Texas imprints, several of which are unique surviving examples. It in-
cludes an 1837 printing of Stephen F. Austin's Translation of the Laws,
Orders and Contracts, on Colonization, the printed journals of the Consul-
tation held at San Felipe on November 3-14, 1835, the journal of the
proceedings of the General Council, which met at San Felipe between
November 14, 1835, and the early months of 1836, an 1837 printing of
the Texas Declaration of Independence, journals of the Congress of
the Republic, the journals of the convention that adopted the 1845 con-
stitution, and numerous rare pamphlets and other printings, some ap-
parently the only surviving copies.
"Judge Gray's collection is a direct link with early Texas," said Dr.
James W. Pohl, professor of history at Southwest Texas State University
and president of the Association. "He witnessed many of the key events
of our history. We want to thank Harvey C. Byrd, Grarid Secretary of
the Grand Lodge of Texas, and everyone involved in this matter, espe-
cially attorney Steiner for bringing it to our attention, and Jenkins Gar-
rett and Roger Conger for helping us resolve it."
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