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

Thomas William House, Jr.


Thomas William House, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 1, 2017
1. Thomas William House, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  T. W. House, Jr., was the third of eight children born to Thomas William (1814-1880) and Mary Elizabeth (Shearn) (1822-1870) House. T.W. House, Sr., was an English immigrant who established the T.W. House Bank in 1838 and became mayor of Houston in 1862.

The younger House received his education at the Houston Academy. At age 23 he married Ruth Nicholson (1847-1914); they had six children together, building a home at 1010 Louisiana in downtown Houston.

House served on the Houston City Council from 1880 to 1886. Following his father's death, he became the director and then sole proprietor of the T. W. House Bank. In addition to managing the family business holdings, he was involved in the operation of three Houston utility companies. The T. W. House Bank collapsed during a national bank crisis in 1907. House filed for bankruptcy and the bank property was sold to the First National Bank of Houston.

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed T. W. House, Jr., to the office of Houston postmaster. He served in that position, with his offices located on this site, until 1922. He died in 1923 and was buried in Glenwood
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Photographed By Brian Anderson, October 31, 2018
2. Thomas William House, Jr. Marker
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Cemetery. The T. W. House Postal Station in Houston Heights was named in his honor.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11952.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list.
Location. 29° 45.442′ N, 95° 21.704′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Rusk Street and San Jacinto Street, on the left when traveling east on Rusk Street. Marker is located on the grounds of the old United States Custom House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 San Jacinto Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Old Houston Academy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Jacinto Street (about 600 feet away); Christ Church Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Kress Building (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Christ Church Cathedral (about 800 feet away); Site of the home of A.C. and Charlotte M. Allen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Busy Corners
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Former Site of Capitol, Republic of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 27, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   2. submitted on October 31, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2022