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

Governor James Webb Throckmorton

(February 1, 1825 - April 21, 1894)

 
 
Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 17, 2020
1. Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker
Inscription.  

A doctor's son, James W. Throckmorton was born in Tennessee. He migrated with his parents to the Texas frontier in 1841 and settled near this site. At age 17, he became hunter and scout for his pioneer neighbors. He served in the Mexican War (1846-48). In 1848 he married Annie Rattan (1828-1895) and built a home near McKinney.

Trained as a physician, Throckmorton disliked medicine and in 1851 entered law and politics. He served 1851-57 in the Texas Legislature, where he promoted railroad building. Later he became attorney for Texas and Pacific Railroad. He was state senator, 1857-61 and 1863-65.

Although he upheld the right of secession, he was one of seven men who voted against Texas leaving the union at the Feb. 1861 Secession Convention. During the Civil War (1861-65), he fought in the Confederate Army. Elected governor in the summer of 1866, he grappled with postwar problems of frontier defense and federal military occupation. In July 1867 Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, commander of the 5th military district to which Texas was assigned, removed Throckmorton from office as "an impediment to Reconstruction" and named E.M.
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Pease provisional governor. Throckmorton continued his political career in the U.S. Congress, serving his North Texas district in 1875-79 and 1883-87.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6214.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 33° 10.753′ N, 96° 37.118′ W. Marker is in McKinney, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 5 and Industrial Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on Highway 5. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McKinney TX 75069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pecan Grove Memorial Park (here, next to this marker); Fanny Finch Elementary School (approx. half a mile away); Bradley Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Saint Mark Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Kirkpatrick House (approx. ¾ mile away); Collin McKinney (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Beverly-Harris House (approx. one mile away); The Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
 
Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker (on left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 17, 2020
2. Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker (on left)
Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 17, 2020
3. Governor James Webb Throckmorton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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