Gray in Marion County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(About 6 miles South)
Site of one of most famous events in Texas. Robert Potter - a signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, a Chief Author of Republic's Constitution, First Secretary of Navy, Republic of Texas - settled 1837 on Caddo Lake. A former U.S. Congressman, he won election 1840 to Texas Senate. After Senate adjourned in 1842 he tried to arrest his political foe, William P. Rose. On night of March 1, 1842, Rose led armed men to Potter's home. At dawn Senator Potter jumped into the lake to swim for help, but was shot to death. He is buried in State Cemetery, Austin.
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8079.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1842.
Location. 32° 47.273′ N, 94° 4.453′ W. Marker is in Gray, Texas, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 49 and Farm to Market Road 727, on the right when traveling east on State Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jefferson TX 75657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Oil City (approx. 6.8 miles away in Louisiana); Boom or Bust Byway (approx. 6.8 miles away in Louisiana); Trees City Office & Bank (approx. 6.8 miles away in Louisiana); Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter (approx. 7.2 miles away in Louisiana); Caddo Lake (approx. 7.3 miles away in Louisiana); First Over Water Oil Well (approx. 7.4 miles away in Louisiana); Transportation & Timber (approx. 7.8 miles away in Louisiana); Agriculture (approx. 7.8 miles away in Louisiana).
Also see . . .
1. Robert Potter. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. William P. Rose. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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