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Albert Perry

Judge Perry

JUDGE ALBERT G. PERRY – of all the pioneers of Texas, none were more highly esteemed and few rendered more distinguished service than he whose name heads this biographical sketch. No state in the union can present among her pioneers such an array of talent. For intellectual force, undaunted bravery, indomitable energy, uncompromising integrity and chivalrous gallantry – he stands out in bold relief, unprecedented in the history of this country. They form a bright galaxy of stars in American history, whose luster grows brighter and brighter as time recedes, shedding their rays upon the living that they may be inspired to imitate them, to follow in their footsteps. In this bright circle there is no light more conspicuous then that of Judge Albert G. Perry.

Albert G. Perry was a native of Tennessee and was born in Knoxville, July 3, 1807, and was the youngest of a family of twelve children whose parents Sion and Barthena Perry. The Elder Perry was a native of Ireland, of Irish and Welsh ancestry. His wife was a native of London, England, where she was reared and educated, and was of English-Scotch descent. Young Albert received his preliminary education at Knoxville. At the age of sixteen he was sent to Selma Alabama to study law with an elder brother, where he was subsequently admitted to the bar and began his practice. Though young he rose rapidly in his profession and was forging to the front rank when he became possessed of an uncontrollable desire to go to Texas, which was then the country of romance and adventure.

Line Line Line Historical note:  About the same time – 1830’s in American history – a young United States Congressman named Davy Crockett, of Tennessee, was also becoming disenchanted with politics and having the same uncontrollable desire to escape for a new adventure.  After losing an election, Davy Crockett said to the U.S. Congress – “you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas!”



Harriet Grimes PerryAlbert G. Perry arrived in Texas in November of 1831 and settled in Washington County, which was then the only seat of Texas government.   He opened a law practice. With his fine presence, his dignified bearing and his ability, it was not long before he had an extensive law practice that was widely sought after. Such men as he was in those days were received with open arms in Texas. His law practice took him to San Jacinto, Houston, Austin and Palestine, among many other rural places in the early founding and turbulent days of Texas.

It was while on one of these trips attending the session of court that he met, wooed and won the accomplished Miss Harriet Eliza Grimes, who Albert married on January 8, 1832 at her father’s plantation located at Grimes County Texas, after only a one week courtship!  Harriet was the daughter of Judge Jesse M. Grimes and Martha (“Patsy” Smith) Grimes.

Judge GrimesJudge Jesse M. Grimes was a native of Scotland and immigrated to the United States in 1797, locating at Raleigh, North Carolina and Alabama where he practiced law. In 1825 he moved to Texas which subsequently became known as Grimes County, from whom the name was derived.  Judge Albert M. Grimes was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836; a veteran of the war of 1812; delegate for the conventions of 1833 and 1835; Texas State Senator and member of the Congress of the Texas Republic. Harriet (Grimes) Perry also had a brother, Albert Calvin Grimes, who was a defender at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.



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