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

Col. Edward Bradford Pickett

 
 
Col. Edward Bradford Pickett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
1. Col. Edward Bradford Pickett Marker
Inscription.  Edward Bradford Pickett was a war veteran, lawyer and State Senator who resided in Liberty County. He was born in 1823 or 1824 in Statesville (Wilson Co.), Tennessee. In 1848, he enlisted as a private, serving in the U.S.-Mexico War. By 1851, Pickett had settled in Liberty County with his wife Virginia. He farmed his property and worked as a lawyer. Pickett also served on the town of Liberty Board of Trustees and was active in the Democratic Party.

After the Civil War began, Pickett formed a military company, which became known as Company I, 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, Dismounted. In 1863, Pickett and his men were captured defending Fort Hindman (Arkansas) and sent as prisoners of war to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio. They were exchanged several months later. By the end of the war, Pickett’s rank was Lieutenant Colonel.

Pickett was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1869, and reelected in 1871. In 1873, he was elected as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Since the seat of Lieutenant Governor was vacant at the time, as President of the Senate, Pickett performed the constitutional duties of that office as well. In 1875, he presided

Liberty County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
2. Liberty County Courthouse
Col. Edward Bradford Pickett marker is on the left. The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County marker is on the right.
over the Texas Constitutional Convention. During his terms, Pickett was known to oppose the imposition of the poll tax, which was used to disenfranchise African Americans.

In 1876, Edward Pickett was appointed to the Board of Directors for A&M College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). He was serving as President of the Board when he died on January 20, 1882. Today, Col. Edward B. Pickett is remembered for his decades of leadership in public service as a board member, soldier and State Senator.
 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14366.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 30° 3.54′ N, 94° 47.793′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Sam Houston Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1923 Sam Houston 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. The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (a few steps from this marker); Captain William M. Logan (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa Consistatorial (Courthouse Square)

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(within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston's Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston in Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza Constitucional (within shouting distance of this marker); Tarver Abstract Company (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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