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Thomas W. Cutrer
Signature of Daniel J. Toler
Signature of Daniel J. Toler. Courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

TOLER, DANIEL J. (1801–1854). Daniel J. Toler, rancher, soldier, and public official, son of Hugh K. Toler, was born in New Jersey in 1801 and immigrated to Parras, Coahuila, Mexico. In 1827 he returned the United States aboard the merchant schooner Horatio from Matanzas to New York. In Mexico he established a partnership with James Grant in a large landholding operation sometime before 1832. He traveled from Matamoras to New Orleans aboard the American schooner Daniel Arnold on March 15, 1834. He was a member of the Coahuila and Texas legislature in 1835. Upon learning that spring that Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos was on his way with a regiment of the Mexican army to disperse the congress, the legislators fled; Toler went first to Parras to see to his estates and in January 1836 rejoined Grant in San Antonio de Béxar. Toler accompanied Grant on the Matamoros expedition of 1835–36 but avoided both the massacre of Col. Francis W. Johnson's command at San Patricio on February 27 and the similar fate of Grant's men at Agua Dulce on March 2, 1836 (see BATTLE OF AGUA DULCE CREEK and BATTLE OF SAN PATRICIO). He loaned $730 for the use of troops under the command of Col. Johnson, and received remuneration in December 1836. Toler served as notary public for Washington County from January 1, 1839, until his appointment later that year as the county's chief justice. On January 6, 1843, Sam Houston reappointed Toler notary public for Washington County. In 1844 he was appointed postmaster general of the Republic of Texas, and after annexation he was named special agent of the United States Post Office Department to devise new postal routes for Texas. In 1850 he owned 1,467 acres in Washington County. Toler died in Newark, New Jersey, on April 22, 1854, and was buried there at the First Presbyterian Churchyard Memorial Garden.


Austin American, September 27, 1914. Clarksville Northern Standard, June 24, 1854. Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846(Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). Corsicana Daily Sun, February 27, 1936. Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968). Victoria Advocate, March 5, 1966. 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). Louis J. Wortham, A History of Texas: From Wilderness to Commonwealth, Vol. 3. (Fort Worth: Wortham-Molyneaux Company, 1924).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas W. Cutrer, "TOLER, DANIEL J.," accessed April 08, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fto11.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on December 19, 2019. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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