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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

George Campbell Childress

(January 8, 1804 - October 6, 1841)

 
 
George Campbell Childress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. George Campbell Childress Marker
Inscription. Born into a prominent Nashville, Tennessee, family, George Campbell Childress attended Davidson Academy (later the University of Nashville). He was admitted to the bar in 1828, the same year he married Margaret Vance. She died in 1835, soon after the birth of a son.

Childress first visited Texas in 1834, at the urging of his uncle, Empresario Sterling Clark Robertson. He soon returned to Nashville, however, and worked as a newspaper editor. By January 1836, he had returned to Texas and settled in Robertson's colony. The following month Childress and Robertson were elected delegates to the Convention of 1836, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted on March 2. Childress is considered to be the primary author of that document.

Sent by the Republic of Texas to attain recognition of the new country by the United States, Childress was unsuccessful and returned to Tennessee for a time. While there he married Rebecca Stuart Jennings. By 1841 Childress was in Galveston in an unsuccessful attempt to establish a law practice. Despondent over his financial situation, he committed suicide on Oct. 6 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Thirty-five years later Childress County was named in his honor.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 278.)
George Campbell Childress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. George Campbell Childress Marker
This is the Galveston County Courthouse. This and several other markers are located in front of the courthouse.

 
Location. 29° 18.195′ N, 94° 47.401′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Moody Avenue and Winnie Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 Moody Ave, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exploration [of Galveston] (here, next to this marker); Texas Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] Early History (a few steps from this marker); Texas Revolution and Civil War (a few steps from this marker); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] 1901-1965 (within shouting distance of this marker); Galveston in the Republic of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Mariner: Leon Smith (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  George Campbell Childress. (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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