James L. Shepherd III

LECLERC, FRÉDÉRIC (ca. 1810–1891). Frédéric Leclerc, physician and author, was born around 1810 in the Loire valley of France. He was awarded an M.D. degree by the University of Paris. He then traveled to the United States (1837) and visited Texas for several months in 1838. His treatise "Le Texas et sa révolution" appeared in two installments in the Parisian periodical La Revue des Deux-Mondes (March 1 and April 15, 1840). The publication in book form, which followed the same year, was complemented by a handsome new map of the region, made by the geographer Charles Picquet and incorporating information furnished by Leclerc. An English translation, Texas and its Revolution, was published in Houston in 1950. Leclerc was a member of several learned societies, including the Society of Natural History of France and the Entomological Society of France. On January 15, 1839, he was appointed chief physician of the General Hospital of Tours, France, a post that he retained until 1872. In that year, after separating from his wife, he resigned his position and returned to the United States. He died on January 3, 1891, at Bloomfield, San Juan County, New Mexico.

Thomas W. Streeter, Bibliography of Texas, 1795–1845 (5 vols., Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1955–60).

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