Paul N. Spellman, PhD.

Paul N. Spellman, PhD. is a Professor of Texas History at Wharton Junior College in Richman, Texas. He has written a number of books on various parts of Texas history from Spindletop to several books about Texas Rangers. He and his wife live in Richman, Texas.


Old 300: Gone to Texas is an epic tale of the original Moses Austin’s dream to bring 300 Americans to the untamed regions of Tejas. After Moses Austin’s death his son Stephen F. Austin took up the dream and between 1819 and 1824, the Old Three Hundred came to Tejas to populate the land. In reality there were 297 family units in this migration. There was diversity within the family groups involved. Included in this population were land speculators, merchants, fugitives, and the list goes on including several who never came but are on the list. Spellman makes the stories of the Old 300 colonist and their mark on Texas a valuable resource for all.


“A must have for Texas history buffs. Paul Spellman is an excellent writer and knowledgeable scholar on all things Texas in the Revolutionary period.”


Reader Review

 During his tenure with THC, he was the administrator of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and coordinated the Official Texas Historical Marker Program.  In 2008 he was named a Fellow  of THC and in 2009 was awarded the  Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award for his career as an historic preservationist and oral historian.

He is the author of several books, the most recent  HISTORY AHEAD; STORIES BEYOND TEXAS ROADSIDE MARKERS (with Cynthia J. Beeman, 2010).

Published on September 11, 2013 at 5:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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