Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ashbel Smith M.D.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, this prominent physician, statesman, soldier, and educator received his degree from Yale Medical College in 1828. After a period of study in France, Smith returned to the United States to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina.
He determined to go to Texas upon hearing news of the events of the mid-1830s and arrived in 1837, too late to participate in the revolution. He soon, however, was appointed Surgeon-General of the Texas Army and established a home, known as Evergreen Plantation, one mile east of this site. Smith later served the Republic of Texas as Secretary of State and as Minister to Great Britain, France, Belgium, and Spain. After Texas attained statehood, Smith served several terms in the State Legislature. A Civil War veteran, he was elected captain of the Bayland Guards and colonel of the 2nd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army.
Also noted for his work in higher education, Ashbel Smith served as President of the first Board of Regents of the University of Texas and led support for establishment of its medical branch in Galveston.
A significant leader
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10780.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
Location. 29° 42.343′ N, 94° 57.713′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Evergreen Road and Bay Hill Drive, on the left when traveling east on Evergreen Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1530 Evergreen Road, Baytown TX 77523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bell Prairie (approx. 1.2 miles away); George Washington Carver High School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bayland Orphans Home (approx. 2 miles away); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (approx. 2 miles away); The Bayland Guards (approx. 2 miles away); K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 2 miles away); Baytown Post Office (approx. 2 miles away); Lee College (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
Also see . . . Ashbel Smith M.D. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 22, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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