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Augustus Coe Gurnee dressed for the Vanderbilt costume ball, March 26, 1883
March 26, 1883
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Signed in ink: under frame at right: "Rep. par A. Alaux"
The subject was born in Malaga, Spain, to noble but inpoverished parents. He joined the army and was sent to Louisiana as a colonel but was appointed governor of the province in 1776. Galvez remained active in colonial affairs, becoming viceroy of New Spain in 1785. The city of Galveston, Texas, is named after him.
Gift of Mr. Thomas W. Streeter
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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