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

Major Leon Dyer

Major Leon Dyer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
1. Major Leon Dyer Marker
Inscription.  Leon Dyer was born Feist Emanuel Heim (Haim) on Oct. 2, 1807 in Mayene, Germany, to John Maximilian and Isabella (Babette) Nachmann Dyer. The family immigrated to the U.S. around 1812 and settled in Baltimore where they began a meat packing business. On Oct. 4, 1833, Dyer became a citizen of the U.S. He was elected trustee of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation two years later. Shortly after being involved in the Baltimore Bank Riots in August 1835, Dyer moved to New Orleans to open a branch of the family packing house.

Dyer participated in the Second Seminole War in Florida, and on Feb. 28, 1836, he was appointed regimental quartermaster of the Louisiana Volunteer Militia. In April 1836, Dyer met General Thomas Jefferson Green and joined the Texas War of Independence. He arrived in Galveston on April 20, 1836 and according to newspaper accounts, provided General Houston with supplies. On May 18, 1836, Dyer was appointed Major by David G. Burnet, the President of the Republic of Texas, and saw active service with clearing western Texas of Mexican troops. It is also said that Dyer was assigned the task of escorting General Santa Anna
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to Washington, D.C. in Jan. 1837.

From 1840-1845, Dyer returned to Baltimore, and in 1847, he received a Hays County land grant for his service to the Republic of Texas. Thereafter, he lived throughout the U.S., London, and Germany. He married his cousin, Sarah Nachman, on July 6, 1852 and they had four children. Remembered as a businessman, political activist, soldier, and diplomat, Dyer died in Louisville, Kentucky on Sept. 14, 1883. He is buried at Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery in Galveston.

175 years of Texas Independence 1836 2011

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16833.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 17.571′ N, 94° 48.846′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Avenue K east of 43rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Galveston's Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4002 Avenue K, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Levi Charles Meyers Harby (within shouting distance of this marker); John Overton Trueheart (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Major Leon Dyer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
2. Major Leon Dyer Marker
Greensville S. Dowell (about 300 feet away); Catherine Isabel Cox Sherman (about 400 feet away); Nicholas D. Labadie (about 400 feet away); Michel B. Menard (about 600 feet away); Lent Munson Hitchcock (about 700 feet away); Warren D. C. Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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