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

Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor

(1793-1873)

 
 
Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 25, 2020
1. Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor Marker
Inscription.  Noted lawmaker, judge, lay preacher, served in the legislatures of his native Kentucky and of Alabama. Represented Alabama in U.S. Congress, 1829-1831.

Came to Texas 1839. Was Associate Justice Supreme Court, Republic of Texas, 1840-1846. Judge 3rd Judicial District, 1846-1863. Helped organize Baptist churches, Masonic lodges, Texas State Baptist Convention. For leadership in their founding, Baylor University and Mary Hardin-Baylor College were named for him.

Had to organize courts in some of the 8 counties of his 3rd Judicial District. He carried Bible along with law books. After week of court, he would remain in a town to preach on Sunday, then ride his horse as far as 50 miles to hold court on Monday morning.

Was a judge when Texas pioneered such legal rights as community property and homestead exemption, now accepted throughout the U.S. and much of the world.

Baylor and 19 other State Judges in Confederate Texas considered such wartime matters as seizure of aliens' property, conscription of soldiers, and exemption by substitution. Involved in many suits were slaves, land, personal property, contracts
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and debts. Such criminal charges as assault, slander, fraud and murder were also tried in District Courts.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4296.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
Location. 31° 3.983′ N, 97° 27.878′ W. Marker is in Belton, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is on Moore Avenue north of West Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belton TX 76513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luther Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeff Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); A Memorial to Civil War Education in Texas (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scott & White School of Nursing (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Norman Austin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belton Woman's Commonwealth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Bell County Jail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belton.
 
Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 25, 2020
2. Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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