MATHER, SAMUEL E.
MATHER, SAMUEL E. (1812–1878). Samuel E. Mather, state legislator and businessman, was born on October 8, 1812, in Northumberland, England, son of Andrew Mather. Mather married Sarah Parker Smith on August 28, 1846, in San Augustine, Texas; they had at least one child. They moved to Williamson County and settled on the North San Gabriel River in 1849. He built a gristmill on the river; the town Gabriel Mills soon developed in the mid-1850s. A flood in 1854 destroyed his mill, but Mather was undeterred, and by 1856 he had rebuilt, adding a church and school to the area. In 1858 he was the postmaster for Gabriel Mills. Mather was a Mason and a founding member of the Mount Horeb Lodge No. 137, A.F. & A.M.
Mather served as a Texas state representative in the Ninth Legislature from 1861 to 1862. He moved to New Braunfels in September 1863 and founded a new gristmill on the Comal River. Already a center for flour milling, this new mill was meant to aid in the production of paper. Mather and his partner, Theodore Koester, named their company the Texas Paper Manufacturing Company. Samuel Mather died in Hays County in the vicinity of the future community of Kyle on May 17, 1878, and was buried there two days later.
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, Stephanie P. Niemeyer, "Mather, Samuel E.," accessed April 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmaje.
Uploaded on June 15, 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