Thomas Rusk"Chief Justice"Considered by many to be the only peer of Sam Houston in the esteem, admiration, and love of the people of Texas, Thomas Jefferson Rusk actually surpassed Houston in almost everything but fame.Born December 5, 1803, at Pendleton, South Carolina, Rusk was influenced early in life by John C. Calhoun, who encouraged him to study law. In 1832, after several partners in a gold mining scheme absconded with the company money, Rusk decided to follow them to Texas. He never recovered the money but decided to stay in Texas.In the fall of 1835 he raised a company of ...
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Robert McAlpin Williamson"The Patrick Henry of the Texas Revolution"Born in Georgia about 1805, Robert McAlpin Williamson was crippled at the age of fifteen. His right leg became permanently bent back at the knee necessitating the use of a wooden leg, which earned him the nickname "Three-Legged Willie." During his two-year illness he studied law and was admitted to the bar before he was nineteen.In 1826 Williamson came to Texas and settled at San Felipe de Austin. Over the next several years he established a newspaper, the Cotton Plant, and edited two others, the Texas Gazette and the Mexican Citizen. A ...
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Juan Nepomuceno Seguín"Tejano Patriot"Juan Nepomuceno Seguín was born on October 27, 1806. He was 14 years old in 1821, when his father, the Alcalde of San Antonio, welcomed Stephen F. Austin to Texas. The Seguin family, and others of the upper class in Mexican Texas, supported Mexico's colonization policy of allowing foreigners to settle the area in the early 1820's. A liberal like his father, Juan Seguín entered politics, and in 1834 was appointed as the chief administrator of the San Antonio district. He was an outspoken champion of the Texans' demand for more selfgovernment, and was very critical of ...
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R.E.B. Baylor"Pro Ecclesia - Pro Texana"For over twenty years, Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor traveled on horseback with a Texas law book in one saddle-bag and the Holy Bible in the other, dispensing justice and preaching the gospel.Born May 10, 1793, in Lincoln County, Kentucky, Baylor's formal education had been interrupted by service in the War of 1812. Completing his education after the war, he went to Alabama in 1821, was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1824 and to the U.S. Congress in 1828. In 1836 he commanded a battalion of Alabama volunteers against the Creek Indian uprising, and in ...
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Sam Houston"A Man of Honor"from Riverside Lodge No. 1194, October 1997, by permissionOn September 27, 1997, Past Grand Master Joseph W. Regian, and several hundred Masons, their wives and friends, dedicated a memorial at the Sam Houston monument near Huntsville. The monument is a 67 foot high replica of Sam himself that can be seen for 6½ miles down Interstate Highway 45, and is the highest point between Houston and Dallas. The spectacular monument, A Tribute to Courage, is the world's tallest statue of an American Hero. The memorial dedicated by PGM Regian tells of the Masonic affiliation of this ...
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Stephen F. Austin"The Father of Texas"Stephen Fuller Austin came to Texas to seek a life and fortune. Instead, he exhausted both in the service of Texas. To him alone belongs the well deserved title, "The Father of Texas."Austin was born in Wythe County, Virginia, on November 3, 1793, the elder son of Moses Austin. In 1798 the family moved to Missouri. Young Stephen attended Bacon Academy in Connecticut and Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1815 Austin became a member of Louisiana Lodge No. 109 at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, the first lodge west of the Mississippi. He later transferred his ...
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Stephen F. Austin - "The Father of Texas" Sam Houston - "A Man of Honor" William B. Travis - "God and Texas - Victory or Death" James Bowie - "Greatest Fighter in the Southwest" David Crockett - "King of the Wilderness" James Butler Bonham - "Faithful To His Trust" Ben Milam - "Who Will Follow Old Ben Milam?" David G. Burnet - "Elder Statesman of the Republic" James Fannin - "Commader at Goliad" Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar - "Father of Education in Texas" Anson Jones - "First Grand Master" Lorenzo de Zavala - "First Vice-President of the Republic" Edward Burleson - ...
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by Duncan Howard, PGMReprint From The Texas Mason, Spring 1994The recapture of Galveston by Confederate forces is little known in the annals of war. But Masons, wherever dispersed, take a special pride and share a certain feeling when the war stood still in Galveston while Worshipful Master Philip C. Tucker, Jr. opened Harmony Lodge No. 6 and conducted the Masonic burial of a Northern Brother, "appreciating the spirit and force of Masonic ties." It is a Masonic legacy for all Masons to cherish until time shall be no more.By way of background, the Union Navy established a blockade of Port ...
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"On the battlefield at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, the Army of Texas commanded by General Sam Houston, and accompanied by the Secretary of War, Thomas J. Rusk, attacked the larger invading army of Mexicans under General Santa Anna. The battle line from left to right was formed by Sidney Sherman's regiment, Edward Burleson's regiment, the artillery commanded by George W. Hockley, Henry Millard's infantry and the calvary under Mirabeau B. Lamar. Sam Houston led the infantry charge. "With the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" The Texans charged. The enemy taken by surprise rallied for a few minutes, then ...
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Up until the time of the Texas Revolution, Goliad was the crossroads of the earliest communities in Texas.  By the time of the fall of the Alamo in March of 1836, Goliad had already been the site for the important La Bahia Presidio, or fort, the site of an early victory by Texas, and the site where the first Texas Declaration of Independence had been signed in December of 1835.   Seven of those who signed this declaration were Masons who also had a part in designing a white flag with a bloody arm holding a sword.   They were making it ...
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