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

Brann-Davis Shootings

(April 1, 1898)

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
1. Brann-Davis Shootings Marker
Inscription. The city of Waco in the 1890s divided into two armed camps over the caustic criticisms of William Cowper Brann (1855-1898) in his magazine, "The Iconoclast". A gifted writer, Brann attacked many organizations, especially Baptists and Baylor University. This controversy sparked a duel in 1897 between Judge George Bruce Gerald and James W. Harris. A Baylor partisan, Tom E. Davis, met Brann here, within a half block of the earlier fight, and shot him with a Colt .45 revolver. Brann returned the fire. Both men died the following day from their wounds.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 490.)
 
Location. 31° 33.422′ N, 97° 7.826′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of South 4th St and Franklin Avenue, on the left when traveling west on South 4th St. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gerald-Harris Shooting (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waco Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jacob de Cordova
Location of Brann-Davis Shootings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
2. Location of Brann-Davis Shootings Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Going Up The Chisholm Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Doris Miller (approx. 1.1 miles away); Elite Cafe (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waco.
 
Also see . . .  William Cowper Brann article in Handbook of Texas. Article describes the controversy and the shootings. (Submitted on June 24, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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