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Palestine in Anderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John H. Reagan

John H. Reagan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark
1. John H. Reagan Marker

John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s he held several public offices in Nacogdoches County, and in 1847 obtained a law license and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He moved to Palestine in 1851 and opened a law office in his home. He was elected Texas 9th Judicial District Judge in 1852.

Reagan, elected U.S. Congressman in 1857, resigned in 1861 over what he believed was a Federal takeover of states' rights. He served as postmaster general of the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was captured by Federal troops in 1865 and imprisoned for 18 months. He returned to Texas in 1866 and established a family farm near Palestine at the former site of Ft. Houston.

During his tenure as a U.S. Congressman (1876-87) and U.S. Senator (1887-1891) Reagan led the fight that brought railroad monopolies under Federal control with the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887. In 1891 he became the first chairman of the Texas Railroad
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Commission, a position he held until 1901.

Reagan died of pneumonia on March 6, 1906. The entire Texas legislative assembly attended his funeral. (1994)
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8803.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 31° 45.746′ N, 95° 38.21′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of North Jackson Street and West Oak Street, on the left when traveling north on North Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 West Oak Street, Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anderson County in the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Captain Steven L. Bennett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacred Heart Church (about 700 feet away); Christopher Columbus Rogers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The I&GN Railroad in Palestine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kolstad Jewelers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of McKnight Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
More about this marker. This marker stands in Confederate Veterans Plaza
John H. Reagan Marker in Confederate Veterans Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, September 4, 2021
2. John H. Reagan Marker in Confederate Veterans Plaza
along with the Anderson County in the Civil War marker.

There are two markers with the same texts in two different locations.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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