James T.B. Stapp - Soldier, Politician, and Landowner.
James T.B. Stapp was part of the Illinois Aristocracy and a leading politician for that state. Note that the letter shown above was written by Mr. Stapp on April 23, 1849. You will remember that Lincoln was at that time part of the Illinois political scene and not yet President. It appears from this letter that Stapp was making a political ally in Lincoln (which we now know would have been a good idea!)
Elijah Stapp Signs the Texas Declaration of Independence
March 1, 1836
Elijah Stapp provided leadership in a meeting of settlers of Navidad and Lavaca held on July 17, 1835, to discuss growing dissatisfaction with the Mexican government. He was appointed second judge of the new Jackson Municipality on December 6, 1835, by the General Council of the provisional government. He was then elected with Kerr to represent Jackson in the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Kerr did not attend; Stapp took his seat on March 1 and signed the Declaration of Independence.*
A biography of Elijah Stapp can be found in our Early Stepp/Stapp pioneers section.
*BIBLIOGRAPHY: Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
John Paul Stapp Honored in Time Magazine
John Paul Stapp was a legendary rocket scientist who was honored by being published on the cover of the September 12, 1955 issue of Time Magazine. This issue included a report on Col. Stapp's famous rocket sled tests.