Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Robert Henry Harrison, M.D.
(November 13, 1826 - October 17, 1905)
A Georgia native and a doctor's son, Robert Henry Harrison received his medical degree in Ohio in 1846. He married Martha V. Towell in 1856, then served as a Colonel in the Confederate Army. He moved to Columbus with his family in 1869, lived in a home at this site, and opened a doctor's office on the town square. He was a founding member and president of the State Medical Association, helped establish Texas' Board of Health, and was a prolific medical journalist. He built a hospital in Columbus in 1880 for railway employees. He left a legacy of civic leadership and volunteer medical service.
Researched by Elaine Luman
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2396.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 29° 42.535′ N, 96° 32.289′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Preston Street, on the left when traveling north on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 Preston Street, Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrison-Hastedt House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hahn House (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Jefferson Mansfield (about 400 feet away); Home of Texas Attorney General George McCormick (about 600 feet away); The Columbus Tap Railway (about 700 feet away); Columbus Church of Christ (about 700 feet away); Stein-Girndt House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.