Identified with Texas
Identified with Texas is the first published biography of Texas Governor
Elisha Marshall Pease (1812-1883), presented by historian Elizabeth
Whitlow as a dual biography of Pease and his wife, Lucadia Niles Pease
(1813-1905). Pease volunteered to fight in the first battle of the
Revolution at Gonzales, and he served with the Texan Army at the Siege
of Bexar. Pease served in the first three state legislatures after
Texas joined the Union in 1845, was elected governor in 1853 and
re-elected in 1855, and returned to the governorship as an interim
appointee from 1867 to 1869 during Reconstruction. His achievements in
all these positions were substantial.
Lucadia Niles Pease was known as the Governor’s “Lady.” Moreover, her
early, independent travel and her stated position as a “woman’s rights
woman” in the 1850s, as well as her support for sending a daughter away
to college in the 1870s to earn a degree, all serve as markers of her
intelligence and the strength of her convictions.
To tell their story, Whitlow mined thousands of letters and papers saved
by the Pease family and housed in the Austin History Center of the
Austin Public Library, as well as in the Governor’s Papers at the Texas
State Library and Archives Commission.