|Death: ||Jul. 9, 1838|
COURIER-JOURNAL NEWSPAPER, LOUISVILLE, KY OBITUARY -07/20/1838 -
DEATH OF PETER W. GRAYSON
We were somewhat amazed in reading the following account of the suicide of Peter W. Grayson, Esquire of Texas. He died on July 9, 1838. It is the same gentleman, we presume, tht we have formerly spoken of, as being a candidate for the presidential chair of that Republic. From the Louisville Courier-Journal Newspaper, July 20. GRAYSON, PETER W., ESQUIRE OF TEXAS, committed suicide a few days ago, at Beans Station, by shooting himself with a pistol, through the head. Mr. Grayson was a native of Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, a man with a high order of intellect, a scholar and a gentleman. In the morning of his days, he was subjected to repeated and various trials, which, though they did not break down a mind natually buoyant and full of promise, cast a shadow upon it and made him at times, the subject of a deep melancholy, which occasionally verged upon misanthropy. Among other causes which weighed down his spirits, the apprehension that at some future time he was to become a madman occasioned him the most distressing anxiety, and, we suppose, cost him finally, his life. Why such a phantom possessed him is not known; but we have more than once crossed him in his hours of darkness and jeered him into self possession. Mr. Grayson, some years before the breaking out of the Texian revolution, removed to that country; and the high station which he held at his death is evidence of his standing in the young and growing republic. He was of incalculable value to his adopted country, and had a principal hand in the organization of its efective judiciary. But these are small evidences of his real worth; they illustrate the statesman but not the man; the monuments of his goodness are the hearts of his friend---and many such there are in his father-land, which now contains nought of that gifted one but his ashes. He was the son of Benjamin Grayson and Melinda Taylor Grayson and brother of Frederick William Spence Grayson. Burial will be at Eastern Cemetery in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky at The Eastern Cemetery in the Highlands of that city.
Grayson, Peter W. (1788-1838) — also known as Peter W. Grayson — of Texas. Born in Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., 1788. Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Goliad, 1835; Attorney General of the Texas Republic, 1836, 1837; candidate for President of the Texas Republic, 1838. Committed suicide at Bean Station, Grainger County, Tenn., July 9, 1838 (age about 50 years).
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