Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel

Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel

Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel

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Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel (September 24, 1854 - February 11, 1931) was an author and bookseller. He served as editor and publisher a series of books reporting Texas legislation enacted by each congressional and legislative session. He first publication consisted on 10 volumes and covered 75 years of Texas legal history. The Laws of Texas 1822-1897 has long been a primary resources for the study of Texas legal history during the Nineteenth Century. The Laws of Texas 1822-1897 (by Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel, published in 1905, The Gammel Book Company)


Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel was born in Grenaa, in Region Midtjylland, Aarhus County, Denmark. He was the son of Niels Hansen Gammel andMittie Marie Brugger. Looking for a better life, he followed his sister to the United States. Gammel and his brother Niels traveled through the western U.S. peddling jewelry and trinkets, looking for a stake in a gold mine. Gammel sent for the family, who eventually caught up with him in Austin, Texas.


Gammel rented a little place in Austin and he set up a stand. He sold writing paper, bits of jewelry, lemonade, and books. In 1881, the old Texas State Capitol burned to the ground. In order to earn a little extra money to help support his growing family, Gammel took the contract to haul away the debris.Gammel gathered papers and charred documents from the debris scattered on the Capitol grounds. He loaded them in a wagon and...
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