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Swante Palm

(January 31, 1815 - June 22, 1899)

 
 
Swante Palm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
1. Swante Palm Marker
Inscription. A native of Basthult, Barkeryd Parish, in the province of Smaland, Sweden, Swante Palm was a leader of early Swedish immigration to Texas. Influenced by his nephew, Swen Magnus Swenson, Palm came to Texas in 1844. He settled first in La Grange, where he served as postmaster and worked in Swenson’s general store. Both men moved to Austin in 1850 and continued their business relationship. In 1854 Palm married Agnes Christine Alm. Their son, Swante Sture, was born in 1855, but died in infancy.

Politically active, Palm held a number of public offices, including Travis County Justice of the Peace, Alderman, and Postmaster. As Vice Consul to Texas for Sweden and Norway, he was instrumental in bringing thousands of Swedish immigrants to the state. In 1868 he was one of the organizers of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (now Gethsemane Lutheran Church) in Austin.

Swedish King Oscar II knighted Palm in 1884 for his service to Sweden and Texas’ Swedish immigrants. A devoted book collector, Palm amassed a large library which he donated to the University of Texas in 1897, increasing its holdings by over sixty percent. An Austin school was later named in his honor.
 
Erected 1990 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15675.)
 
Location.
Swante Palm Marker and Palm plot image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, December 13, 2014
2. Swante Palm Marker and Palm plot
30° 16.543′ N, 97° 43.629′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from Navasota Street. Click for map. In Oakwood Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Navasota St, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Jackson Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); Abner Hugh Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Susanna W. Dickinson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major William Martin “Buck” Walton (about 400 feet away); Johann Jacob Groos (about 400 feet away); Oakwood Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Joseph Baker (about 400 feet away); Peter Henry Oberwetter (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online. Swante Palm (Submitted on January 4, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Swante Palm's Grave image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, December 13, 2014
3. Swante Palm's Grave
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 856 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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