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Stockdale in Wilson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale

 
 
Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
1. Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker
Inscription.  

Last governor of Confederate Texas. Legal scholar and statesman. Born in Kentucky. Admitted to the bar there. Came to Texas in the 1840s. Bought and developed extensive coastal lands. President in 1859 of the Indianola Railroad. Later Legal counsel for the Southern Pacific.

Member of the Texas Senate 1857-61, and of State Secession Convention, which placed him on Committee on Federal Relations, to draw up the Ordinance of Secession, and on the committee to draft Constitution. Military aide to Gov. F.R. Lubbock in 1861. Major on the staff of Gen. T.H. Holmes, Commander of the Confederate Armies west of the Mississippi River, 1862-63.

Elected Lieutenant-Governor in 1863. Elevated to Governorship when on June 11, 1865, Gov. Pendleton Murrah left state with other Southern leaders for Mexico in the hope of making a later fight for Independence. Served as Chief Executive until Aug. 2 deposed by A.J. Hamilton, military Governor.

Pioneered in 1870 the refrigerated shipping of Texas beef, to help restore state economy. Aided moves to end Reconstruction. Helped draw up the 1876 State Constitution. Died at his home in Cuero
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Feb. 4, 1890. Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Ky.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5516.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1865.
 
Location. 29° 14.046′ N, 97° 57.897′ W. Marker is in Stockdale, Texas, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Business U.S. 87) and South 4th Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street. The marker is located in front of the Stockdale Community Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 West Main Street, Stockdale TX 78160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Baptist Church of Stockdale (approx. 0.2 miles away); King-Lorenz House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stockdale Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Reagen Baker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sutherland Springs School Site (approx. 6.1 miles away); Sutherland Springs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Pat Higgins Grass Farm (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockdale.
 
Also see . . .  Stockdale, Fletcher Summerfield (ca. 1823–1890)
Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
2. Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker
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In the late 1860s in Indianola, Stockdale promoted the development of a refrigerator car for shipping beef. As president of the Indianola Railroad, he reported twelve and one-half miles of new track completed, two locomotives and other rolling stock, and depot buildings, shops, and grounds at Indianola. He moved to Cuero sometime after the town was established in 1873 as the terminus for the Gulf, Western Texas, and Pacific Railroad. He practiced law and promoted the Cuero Land and Immigration Company. Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on February 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
3. The view of the Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale Marker from the road
Governor Fletcher Stockdale image. Click for full size.
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4. Governor Fletcher Stockdale
Acting Governor of Texas - 1865
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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