Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor
Baylor was judge of the Third Judicial District and associate justice of the Republic of Texas Supreme Court, 1841-45. He continued as district judge during statehood, retiring in 1863. A Mason, he was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
It was perhaps as a Baptist leader that Baylor received his greatest recognition. Converted to Christianity in 1839, he helped found the Texas Baptist Education Society in 1841. With W.M. Tryon and J.G. Thomas, he worked to start a Baptist university. Chartered in 1845 as Baylor University, it opened at Independence the following year and included a female department later chartered separately as
Judge R.E.B. Baylor died on Dec. 30, 1873, with burial here on the Windmill Hill campus. The university moved to Waco in 1886, and in 1917, reburial of his remains occurred at Baylor Female College (now Mary Hardin-Baylor University) in Belton. This marker commemorates the judge's productive years here, from which his influence spread worldwide and is still in evidence today.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13679.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical date for this entry is December 30, 1873.
Location. 30° 18.95′ N, 96° 20.72′ W. Marker is in Independence, Texas, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Lueckemeyer Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grave Site of R.E.B. Baylor (here, next to this marker); College Well: of Windmill Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Windmill Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); In Recognition of the Land Donations to Baylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Baylor's Survival— (within shouting distance of this marker); Baylor University Campus on Windmill Hill: (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Also see . . . Baylor, Robert Emmett Bledsoe. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.)
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