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Mount Pleasant in Titus County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Henry Clay Thruston

(May 5, 1830 - July 2, 1909)

 
 
Henry Clay Thruston Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Henry Clay Thruston Marker
Inscription.  Estimated to be between seven feet one inch and eight feet tall, Henry Clay Thruston became known nationally and internationally for his height. Born in South Carolina (Greenville Co.), Thruston wed Mary B. Thruston, a cousin, in 1833; they had two children. In 1861, Thruston joined the Confederate effort for the Civil War, and despite his conspicuous height, was only wounded twice. By 1874, the Thrustons had moved to Titus County, purchasing land near the Daphne Community. Thruston also toured with P.T. Barnum's Circus as "The Tallest Man in the World." Seen by large crowds throughout America and in Europe, Thruston became a part of late 19th century popular culture.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15976.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1833.
 
Location. 33° 9.484′ N, 94° 58.512′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Texas, in Titus County. Marker can be reached from North Edwards Avenue
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south of West 4th Street, on the right when traveling south. Located within Edwards Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Edwards Avenue, Mount Pleasant TX 75455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Titus County C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Titus County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dellwood Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nevill's Chapel Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Caddo Indian Communities in the Cypress Creek Drainage (approx. 7.4 miles away); Winfield Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Winfield Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Henry Clay Thruston Marker and grave marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. Henry Clay Thruston Marker and grave marker.
Henry Clay Thruston Marker in center background of cemetery. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
3. Henry Clay Thruston Marker in center background of cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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