San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(April 2, 1881 - July 17, 1945)
A descendant of early Texas colonists, including a veteran of San Jacinto, Clara Driscoll was born in Refugio County and grew up as a wealthy rancher's daughter. In 1903, soon after returning from school in Europe, she learned that the Long Barrack, part of the historic Alamo, was about to be sold as a hotel site. When the state failed to act, she bought the property. Using her own funds to supplement money raised by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Her gesture sparked public interest and won her the title “Savior of the Alamo”. The state reimbursed her in 1905 and placed the Alamo in the care of the DRT. In 1932 she helped the state buy land south of the Alamo Chapel.
Clara Driscoll was active in business, politics, and the arts. She headed several state organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and served as Democratic National Committeewoman, 1928-44. She gave generously to support the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, the Texas Fine Arts Association, and medical services for underprivileged children.
Married to newspaperman Henry H. Sevier, 1906-37, she lived in Austin before moving to Corpus Christi to manage family properties. After she died, her body lay in state in the Alamo Chapel before burial here.
Erected 1978 by Texas
Location. 29° 25.19′ N, 98° 28.156′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on E. Commerce Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is next to her mausoleum in the Masonic Cemetery, off E. Commerce Street between Pine and Monumental Streets. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Lang Sinclair (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steam Locomotive No. 794 (approx. half a mile away); Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 794 (approx. half a mile away); Southern Pacific Passenger & Freight Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Flower the Tower" (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alamo Funeral Pyre (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
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Also see . . .
1. Clara Driscoll. (Submitted on April 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Daughters of the Republic of Texas. (Submitted on April 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, Texas Independence •
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