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

D.A. (Jack) Harris

1834 - 1882

 
 
D.A. (Jack) Harris Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
1. D.A. (Jack) Harris Marker
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Jack Harris was born in Connecticut in 1834 and ran away to sea at the age of 12. In 1856 he was a member of William Walker's Nicaragua Expedition where he was captured and put in front of a firing squad before being rescued by Walker. Harris escaped to Texas and in 1860 he joined the police force of San Antonio. He served with the Confederacy during the Civil War and returned to San Antonio and the Police Department.

In 1868 he and Police Captain Penaloza started a saloon on Market street. In 1872 Harris opened the Jack Harris bar and billiard room on Main Plaza at Soledad and Commerce streets. The name was changed to Jack Harris Vaudeville Theatre and Saloon three years later.

Harris headed the Democratic party in San Antonio and dictated who ran for office in city and county government for many years. He also reigned supreme over the "sporting community."

Harris was shot in the Vaudeville Theatre on July 11, 1882, by Ben Thompson, City Marshall of Austin as a result of arguments over a gambling debt two years earlier. At Jack Harris' funeral on July 12, 1882, there were 47 carriages in the procession
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out East Commerce street. He died a single man at the age of 48.

The notoriety of his theatre, which reached the front page of "The New York Times." is believed to have popularized the term "Vaudeville" for variety theaters in the United States.

This marker was erected on the centennial of the shooting of Jack Harris, through the efforts of the "friends of Jack Harris" committee and the contributions of the citizens of San Antonio, July 11, 1982.
 
Erected 1982 by Friends of Jack Harris.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceLaw Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is July 11, 1882.
 
Location. 29° 25.201′ N, 98° 28.021′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. It is in Eastside Promise Neighborhood. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Commerce Street and North Palmetto Street. The marker is located at the City Cemetery #1 in San Antonio, Texas. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel S. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Frederick King (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Powder Mill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Address
D.A. (Jack) Harris Tombstone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 14, 2019
3. D.A. (Jack) Harris Tombstone
(about 500 feet away); Folded Flag Memorial (about 500 feet away); San Antonio National Cemetery (about 500 feet away); A National Cemetery System (about 500 feet away); Bivouac of the Dead (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .  D.A."Jack" Harris. Findagrave.com (Submitted on September 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Photo of D.A. (Jack) Harris from his gravestone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
4. Photo of D.A. (Jack) Harris from his gravestone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 10, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   4. submitted on August 10, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 8, 2023