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

First Presbyterian Church of Houston

 
 
First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 9, 2012
1. First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker
Photographed at its original location.
Inscription. Organized March 31 (Easter Sunday), 1839, in Senate Chamber, Capitol of Republic of Texas, Main at Texas, by the Rev. Wm. Youel Allen, missionary from the United States, and eleven members. James Burke was elected ruling elder. Services of worship and a Sunday School (begun on May 13, 1838) continued in Capitol while church building was being erected on site (NW corner, Main and Capitol) given by the Allen family which had founded Houston.

This church was the first house of worship completed in Houston. Dedicated on Feb. 13, 1842, it was used for meeting of other denominations and groups. Here the House of Representatives met in summer of 1842, and President Sam Houston addressed a joint session of Congress. Thus the congregation repaid the Republic's hospitality of 1838-1839.

Original church burned 1862; a brick structure was built in 1867, and served until the erection of a large stone edifice, Main at McKinney, 1894. Fire destroyed part of that building in 1932. The present church was occupied in 1948 and dedicated Sept. 12, 1954. Through the years, this church body has furnished many outstanding leaders to the businesses and professions of state and nation.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10661.)
 
Location.
First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 2, 2018
2. First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker Front
Photographed after the marker was refinished and moved to its new location.
29° 43.624′ N, 95° 23.334′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on South Main Street north of Binz Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The parking lot this marker was once located in no longer exists. The marker has been relocated across the road into the churchyard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5300 South Main Street, Houston TX 77004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul's United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W. L. and Susan Clayton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holland Lodge No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maurice Joseph Sullivan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clayton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Garden Club of Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Houston Light Guard (approx. 0.9 miles away); Houston Light Guard Armory (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
More about this marker. The parking lot were this marker was originally located in no longer exists. The marker has been relocated across the road into the churchyard.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker Rear image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 2, 2018
3. First Presbyterian Church of Houston Marker Rear
Founding Members: A. B. Shelby • Marian Shelby • J. Wilson Copes • James Bailey • James Burke • Sarah Woodward • Isabella R. Parker • Edwin Belden • Harris G. Avery • Jannett Scott.

Pastors: J. W. Miller, 1844-50 • L. S. Gibson, 1850-51 • A. Fairbairn, 1852-53 • J. Titchell, 1855-56 • R. H. Byers, 1857-59 • T. Castelton, 1860-64 • J. R. Hutchinson, 1864-67 • W. C. Summerville, 1869-70 • S. Frahe, 1870-71 • J. J. Read, 1871-76 • J. H. McNeely, 1877, 79 • E. D. Junkin, 1880, 91 • W. George, 1891, 92 • J. A. LeFevre, 1892-93, W. H. Leavell, 1893-1905 • W. S. Jacobs, 1906-31 • Charles L. King, 1932-61 • John W. Lancaster, 1961-
First Presbyterian Church of Houston image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 9, 2012
4. First Presbyterian Church of Houston
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on November 27, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on November 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   4. submitted on November 27, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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