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Robert Cannon Horn Papers

Identifier: MS 144

Scope and Contents

Diaries, notes, and records document the life and ministry of Robert Cannon Horn from 1868-1935. The first series includes the diaries of Mr. Horn from 1868-1935. These are mostly day-to-day accounts of his farming and ministry and provide information regarding marriage, funerals, cattle acquisition and breeding records. The diaries describe events in Lebanon and Hartsville, Tennessee and McKinney and Vineland, Texas. The second series contains scholarly notes and records from his years of ministry, 1847-1909. The records include sermons, baptisms, marriages, funerals, pastoral visits, and financial records.


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Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research. Copyright has not been transferred to TCU.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Cannon Horn was born in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1844. He moved to Texas with his family in 1858. During the Civil War, Horn served in Company K, Martin’s Regiment of the 5th Texas Partisans and Rangers for three years. After the war, he attended Muse Academy with TCU founders Addison and Randolph Clark, and later Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky. He taught in Hartsville, Tennessee, where he met and married Mildred Franklin, with whom he had six children. He returned to Texas around 1870 and made his home near McKinney. He worked as a farmer, teacher, and minister. Horn served in the ministry of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church for 67 years. His autobiography and diaries through 1876 were published as The Annals of Elder Horn in 1930. These diaries and other records were donated to Special Collections by Mrs. Alvin Clausen, his granddaughter in 1987.


6.00 Linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by his granddaughter, Mrs. Alvin Clausen of Brownwood, Texas on September 17, 1987.

Guide to the Robert Cannon Horn Papers
Lisa Pena
June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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