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William Jesse McDonald

(September 28, 1852 - January 15, 1918)

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. William Jesse McDonald Marker
Inscription.  Born in Mississippi, "Bill" McDonald moved with his family to Rusk County, Texas, about 1866. During Reconstruction, McDonald was tried for treason after a conflict with Union authorities but was acquitted. He established W. J. McDonald and Co., one of the first mercantile firms in Mineola, by 1873. McDonald became friends with James Stephen Hogg, who introduced him to Rhoda Carter; she and McDonald were married in 1876. By 1877 they were operating McDonald Hall opera house, a prominent local cultural center.

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

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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. William Jesse McDonald Marker
for the Texas Rangers until 1907, when Governor Thomas Campbell appointed him state revenue agent. He later served as a bodyguard to President Woodrow Wilson, who in April 1913 appointed him Marshal of the Northern District of Texas, a post he held until his death.

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.)
 
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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sarah Rosalie Patten Buchanan (about 400 feet away); The Thomas Breen Family (about 400 feet away); The Dixie Overland Highway - The Jim Hogg Highway (about

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3. William Jesse McDonald, known as Captain Bill McDonald.
600 feet away); Mineola Public Library (about 600 feet away); Dr Pepper Bottling Plant (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church of Mineola (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in 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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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