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

Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949)

Governor of Texas (1947-1949)

 
 
Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
1. Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949) Marker
Inscription. Chief executive when significant Gilmer-Aikin law was passed raising standards of public education in Texas. His administration also made strides toward prison reform, water control, improved public roads. Jester was born at family home in Corsicana where he attended public school. He graduated from University of Texas 1916. Left Harvard Law School to serve as Captain in 90th Division During World War I. Graduated in law from University of Texas 1920 and became avid baseball player for many years. Jester practiced law and had oil interest in Corsicana. In 1946 he was elected governor as a Jeffersonian Conservative. At the inauguration World War I buddies carried him on their shoulders into the Governor's mansion where he had slept as a boy when his father George T. Jester was Lieutenant Governor. After the disastrous Texas City explosion killed over 400 persons in 1947, Jester personally assisted rescue operations. He was re-elected in 1948 when the legislature adjourned in 1949 after the longest regular sessions in Texas history. He left to take a vacation in Galveston but died reroute of natural causes. He was the only Texas Governor to die in office. His wife Mabel Buchanan: They had 3 children.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee.
 
Location.
Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949) Marker, along W 7th Avenue (Texas Route 31) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949) Marker, along W 7th Avenue (Texas Route 31)
32° 5.336′ N, 96° 28.111′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on West 7th Avenue (Texas Route 31) near South 16th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Temple Beth-El (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnson-McCammon House (about 800 feet away); First Baptist Church of Corsicana (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of the Texas Oil Industry (approx. mile away); Magnolia Cannon (approx. mile away); Old Welding Shop of H. C. Nicol (approx. mile away); The Birthplace of the Petroleum Industry (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Corsicana.
 
Also see . . .  Navarro County entry Beauford Halbert Jester. the great grandson of Hampton McKinney (1796-1857), who built the first house in Corsicana on what is now the courthouse square. (Submitted on October 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949) image. Click for full size.
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3. Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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