ALDRICH, ARMISTEAD ALBERT
ALDRICH, ARMISTEAD ALBERT (1858–1945). Armistead Albert Aldrich, judge and historian, was born in Crockett, Texas, to Oliver Cromwell and Eliza Jane (Masters) Aldrich on April 10, 1858, the day his father was elected Houston county clerk. He was educated privately and sent on horseback to attend the University of Virginia in 1877. In 1883 he was admitted to the Texas bar. In Crockett he served as a school board member from 1890 to 1892, county judge from 1892 to 1896, member of the 1918 District Exemption Board and the 1936 Texas Centennial Advisory Committee, and chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee from 1926 to 1936. Aldrich was also a representative to the Twenty-seventh Texas Legislature. Austin College in Sherman, where he was a trustee from 1900 to 1930, awarded him an honorary LL.D. on May 31, 1937. He was a Presbyterian elder and Sunday school superintendent. He was a popular orator and served as master of ceremonies when a crowd of 5,000 attended the dedication of San Francisco de los Tejas Mission Park on July 4, 1935. He wrote a weekly history column in the Crockett Courier and wrote a History of Houston County (1943). He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, president of a chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, president of the David Crockett Memorial Association, president of the Houston County bar, and organizer of the David Crockett Building and Loan Association and the Aldrich Abstract Company.
In 1881 Aldrich married Willie Arledge. They had seven children. Two Aldrich family homes are now museums in Crockett: the Greek Revival Monroe-Crook (1854), where four generations of Aldriches lived; and the Eastlake-style Downes-Aldrich House (1893), where Aldrich died on August 25, 1945. Aldrich's papers are in the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Mary Ann Edwards, "Aldrich, Armistead Albert," accessed May 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fal73.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles