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Thomas Jefferson Rusk

 
 
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Photographed By Steve Gustafson, January 25, 2010
1. Thomas Jefferson Rusk Marker
Inscription.  
Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas, Brigadier General of the Army and hero at San Jacinto, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas, United States Senator, he was a soldier, a jurist and a statesman.
1803-Born in South Carolina, December 5
1824 - Passed his Bar Exam at age 21
1825 - Opened his law office in Clarksville, Georgia
1827 - Married Mary Cleveland, January 4
1835 - Moved to Nacogdoches in January
1835 - Led volunteers in the October siege of Bexar under Stephen F. Austin
1835 - Became Inspector General of the Army
1836 - Attended March Convention and Signed Declaration of Independence
1836 - Unanimously elected Secretary of War
1836 - Joined Sam Houston at Groce's Ferry, April 4
1836 - Led and fought at San Jacinto on April 21, then formulated the Treaty of Velasco
1837 - Served as Representative from Nacogdoches in Second Congress from September until April, 1838
1839 - Participated in the Indian Wars as Major General of the Militia from January through October
1843 - Reappointed as
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Major General of the Militia
1845 - Served as President of the Constitutional Convention
1846 - Elected as United States Senator, served through 1857
1857 - Died in July, buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches
Bold, intrepid, and daring in Battle, he was yet more honored for wise forbearance, sound judgement, and fine character. He helped form Texas and set an example for men and women to follow -- then, now, and in the future. He gave of himself.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas IndependenceWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is January 4, 1827.
 
Location. 31° 36.228′ N, 94° 39.341′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is at the intersection of North Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Thomas F. McKinney (a few steps from this marker); Johnson Furniture (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real — Kings Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Cemetery (within shouting distance
Thomas Jefferson Rusk Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, January 25, 2010
2. Thomas Jefferson Rusk Marker
List of contributors
of this marker); Nacogdoches County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Forgotten Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Order of the Purple Heart (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
 
Regarding Thomas Jefferson Rusk. Statue created by Paula Devereaux-Kurth, summer 1999
 
Thomas Jefferson Rusk Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, January 25, 2010
3. Thomas Jefferson Rusk Statue
Thomas Jefferson Rusk Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, January 25, 2010
4. Thomas Jefferson Rusk Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,430 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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