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HURD, NORMAN (1785–1870). Norman Hurd, officer of the Texas Navy, was born in New York in 1785 and moved to Connecticut as a youth. After sailing for the United States Merchant Marine for many years in 1835 he moved to Lynchburg, Texas, where he constructed and operated a steam sawmill-the first in Texas-in partnership with David G. Burnet. Hurd was in Connecticut during the Texas Revolution but upon returning in 1838 was commissioned into the navy. In 1840 and 1841 he sailed as purser of the Austin under Edwin Ward Moore and was purser of the Brutus at the time of the liquidation of the navy. At the time of annexation, Hurd was retired from active service but was granted five years' pay equivalent to that of an officer on leave. Thereafter he served for a time as customs officer at Galveston and, in 1850, at Sabine. Hurd married Ann Gardner on October 6, 1811, and was the father of James Gardner Hurd. He died at Galveston on November 22, 1870. He is occasionally confused with William A. Hurd, who commanded the Texas warship Brutus.


Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston and Galveston (Chicago: Lewis, 1895). Tom Henderson Wells, Commodore Moore and the Texas Navy (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1960). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

Thomas W. Cutrer


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas W. Cutrer, "HURD, NORMAN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed May 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.