AMORY, NATHANIEL C.
AMORY, NATHANIEL C. (1809–1864). Nathaniel C. Amory, Mexican land agent, member of the Republic of Texas State Department, and partner of James Harper Starr, was born in Massachusetts in 1809. He traveled to Texas in 1835 as a private agent of United States citizens who believed they held land in Texas. Upon discovering that the land scrip they held was fraudulent, Amory became translator for Mexican land commissioner George A. Nixon. He received a quarter-league grant from the Mexican government on October 5, 1835. After the Texas Revolution he was employed by the Republic of Texas State Department and served as chief clerk in 1838 and 1839. He was secretary of the Texas legation at Washington, D.C., from 1839 to 1842 under Barnard E. Bee and James Reily.qqv He was acting chargé d'affaires in Washington from January to March 1842, and with the assistance of the United States he secured the release of the Texan prisoners captured when the Texan Santa Fe expedition failed to conquer New Mexico for the Republic of Texas. Amory became the Texas consul at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 14, 1842, but returned to Nacogdoches in 1844 and formed a land and banking agency with James Harper Starr.
In 1854 Amory was elected a member of the Democratic party state central committee. He left the partnership with Starr on April 1, 1858, and returned to Boston, Massachusetts. Amory and Starr remained business associates and corresponded regularly until Amory's death on December 27, 1864, in Boston. Amory left two thousand dollars to Starr and the rest of his estate to his family in Massachusetts.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Linda Sybert Hudson, "Amory, Nathaniel C.," accessed May 24, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fam04.
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