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TRIPLETT, DANIEL

TRIPLETT, DANIEL HENRY (1844–1916). Daniel Henry Triplett, attorney and state legislator, son of James Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Triplett, was born in Decatur, Illinois, on August 15, 1844. His family relocated to Marion County, Missouri, prior to 1850 but later immigrated to Newton, Texas, in 1858 after the death of his father. During the Civil War, Triplett enlisted as a private in Company G of the Twenty-first Texas Cavalry Regiment. His unit was active throughout Arkansas and Louisiana. After the war, he returned to Newton County, where he married Elizabeth E. Biven on October 1, 1868. This couple had one daughter and three sons. Around this time Triplett relocated to Orange, Texas, where he practiced law and engaged in local and state politics as a member of the Democratic Party. In 1873 he won election as representative for District 1—comprised of Liberty, Hardin, Jefferson, Orange, Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, and Chambers counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. In 1875 Triplett moved with his family to San Saba, Texas, where he formed a law practice with his son-and-law and continued to remain active in local politics. According to the March 21, 1878, issue of the Lampasas Dispatch, Triplett was charged with aggravated assault with intent to kill a Dr. A. Gregg, but he was acquitted by a jury in district court. Triplett later relocated to Goldwaite, Texas, in 1888 before settling in Houston in 1895, where he continued to practice law. He died in Houston on January 26, 1916, as a result of kidney disease and was buried in Houston’s Hollywood Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Las Sabinas, Vol. 24 (April 1998). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Dan Triplett (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/mobile/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5461), accessed July 17, 2014. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). The Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877).

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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