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

James B. Woods

James B. Woods Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
1. James B. Woods Marker
Inscription.  James B. Woods, the third representative of the Municipality of Liberty to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, was born on January 21, 1802 in Kentucky. He arrived in Texas in 1830 and settled in the Atascosito Libertad area of Mexico (now Liberty, Texas). Woods was among the earliest lawyers to practice in the Liberty District and was known as a brilliant lawyer and speaker. On January 25, 1831, Woods was granted a half a league at this site.

Due to his education, background and profession, Woods easily became involved in politics and, in 1834, was elected Alcalde (Mayor) of the Liberty District. He represented the District at the Consultations of 1835 and, in March 1836, was one of five delegates representing Liberty at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Convention. On March 11, 1836, 34-year-old James B. Woods was one of the men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. In addition to his civic duties, Woods also served in the Texas Army, Franklin Hardin Company from July 7 to October 7, 1836. He then returned to Liberty and his family to resume his law practice.

In 1838, Woods ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress

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against his brother-in-law, Hugh B. Johnston. That same year, he married Mary Ann White (b.1822), daughter of former Mayor Matthew G. White. James and Mary Ann had three children. In 1851, James Woods killed Alexander Buxton over an election quarrel, and was said to have been remorseful. Tradition states that he was killed or took his own life. He was buried in the White Family Cemetery, three miles southeast of Liberty, with members of his family and neighbors.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17840.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, Texas Independence.
Location. 30° 3.473′ N, 94° 47.831′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Travis Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Travis Street, Liberty TX 77575, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ott Hotel (here, next to this marker); Col. Edward Bradford Pickett (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston's Law Office (about 500 feet away); Sam Houston in Liberty County (about 500 feet away); The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (about
Ott Hotel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
2. Ott Hotel
500 feet away); Plaza de Mercado (about 500 feet away); Plaza Constitucional (about 500 feet away); Captain William M. Logan (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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