Palo Pinto School Land RecordsAdd to your cart.

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Title: Palo Pinto School Land RecordsAdd to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0775
Primary Creator: Daniel Lewis Cunningham (1849 - 1894)
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The documents are held in one folder
Date Acquired: 00/00/2014
Languages: English


This collection contains two sheets of paper.  One is the court order for the survey of the land intended for the Palo Pinto school.  The other is the survey conducted by D. L. Cunningham.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

On August 11, 1887 a court order was issued to survey the land intended for use for Palo Pinto, Texas schools.  The accompanying document contains the survey that was created by Daniel Lewis Cunningham.

Biographical Note

Daniel Lewis Cunningham was born in Alabama in 1849 to Lewis Cunningham and Charlotte Temple Campbell Cunningham.  He moved to Palo Pinto County, Texas in 1872.  On June 7, 1876, he married Jennie Hunter.  She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Hunter.  Mr. Cunningham participated in surveying the line for the Texas and Pacific Railroad.  At the end of this work Mr. Cunningham was made the head of a survey team by Judge J. J. Metcalf so that he could survey the Palo Pinto Land District.  Cunningham would work with Judge Metcalf until the judge’s death in 1875.  At that time the Commissioners Court of Palo Pinto County appointed him chief surveyor of the land district to fill the unexpired term.  He was then elected to the office, which he held for seven years.  He then entered into a mercantile business with F. J. White in the towns of Palo Pinto and Cresco.  White and Cunningham operated from 1872 to 1878 when the business was sold to McQuerry and Lewis. He started a real estate business with his brother, John Littleton Cunningham, in Palo Pinto under the name of Cunningham Brothers.  Daniel Cunningham also owned a ranch outside of the town of Palo Pinto.  In 1889 the Cunningham Brothers founded a bank in Palo Pinto.  Daniel Cunningham was elected president of the bank at the time it opened and held that position until his death on November 7, 1894.

Information for this entry was gathered from Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory by James Cox and on the page “Lewis Cunningham and Wife Came to County in 1868.”

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materias in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Chemainus Theatre Festival (Vicoria Caldwell)
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Palo Pinto School Land Records, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books


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