William Jesse McDonald
(September 28, 1852 - January 15, 1918)
When Hogg became county attorney in 1878, he prosecuted McDonald and others for carrying weapons in the increasingly violent streets of Mineola. McDonald later became a deputy sheriff of Wood County, and his reputation for boldness and marksmanship began with his role in bringing order to Mineola. During the 1880s McDonald started cattle ranches in Wichita and Hardeman counties and became a deputy sheriff in Hardeman County. He also was appointed deputy to the U. S. Marshal of the Northern District of Texas. Governor James Hogg made McDonald a captain in the Texas Rangers in 1891. He was an exemplary administrator and investigator
Most celebrated for his years as a Texas Ranger, McDonald was considered a fine tracker, an excellent criminal investigator, and an efficient controller of mobs. He died of pneumonia in 1918 and was interred at Quanah.
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11663.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list.
Location. 32° 39.836′ N, 95° 29.198′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kilpatrick Steet and North Newsom Street, on the right when traveling east on East Kilpatrick Steet. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 North Newsom Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lott House (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank of Mineola
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker at his gravesite.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on William Jesse McDonald. (Submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.