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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Jose Francisco Ruiz

(January 29, 1783 - January 20, 1840)

Jose Francisco Ruiz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, February 16, 2019
1. Jose Francisco Ruiz Marker
Inscription.  One of two native Texans who signed Declaration of Independence and helped found Republic of Texas.

Ruiz, born in San Antonio, son of a wealthy rancher, was educated in Spain. Upon returning home, he was appointed school teacher by order of the cabildo (city government). He marred Josepha Hernandez, of one of city's founding families; had two children.

Ruiz became an officer in the Revolutionary Army of the Mexican people opposing Spanish rule, 1811-1815; shared in defeat; and had to flee for his life to the United States. After freedom was won, he and his family returned (1822) and he became an officer in the Republican Army. Assumption of dictatorial powers by Santa Anna (1830s) caused Ruiz to join other Texans in opposition. He was elected delegate from Bexar to the March 1836 convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos. There he became one of the three men of Spanish blood to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. Late in 1836 he was seated in the first Congress of the Republic of Texas as first Senator from Bexar District.

In tribute to Ruiz, the state of Texas has marked his gravesite and moved his house
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from Dolorosa Street for preservation on grounds of Witte Museum.
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4386.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsHispanic AmericansWar, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 25.441′ N, 98° 29.735′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Dolorosa and Plaza de Armas, on the right when traveling east on Dolorosa. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 Dolorosa, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barbed Wire (within shouting distance of this marker); Bexar County Under Nine Governments (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de Armas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moses Austin (about 300 feet away); Spanish Governor's Palace (about 300 feet away); Still on Patrol (about 400 feet away); Zero Milestone Old Spanish Trail (about 400 feet away); San Antonio de Padua (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .  Ruiz, Jose Francisco - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 19, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 93 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.
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Oct. 30, 2020