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George Campbell Childress

(January 8, 1804 - October 6, 1841)

 
 
George Campbell Childress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. George Campbell Childress Marker
Inscription.  Born into a prominent Nashville, Tennessee, family, George Campbell Childress attended Davidson Academy (later the University of Nashville). He was admitted to the bar in 1828, the same year he married Margaret Vance. She died in 1835, soon after the birth of a son.

Childress first visited Texas in 1834, at the urging of his uncle, Empresario Sterling Clark Robertson. He soon returned to Nashville, however, and worked as a newspaper editor. By January 1836, he had returned to Texas and settled in Robertson's colony. The following month Childress and Robertson were elected delegates to the Convention of 1836, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted on March 2. Childress is considered to be the primary author of that document.

Sent by the Republic of Texas to attain recognition of the new country by the United States, Childress was unsuccessful and returned to Tennessee for a time. While there he married Rebecca Stuart Jennings. By 1841 Childress was in Galveston in an unsuccessful attempt to establish a law practice. Despondent over his financial situation, he committed suicide on Oct. 6 and was buried in
George Campbell Childress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. George Campbell Childress Marker
This is the Galveston County Courthouse. This and several other markers are located in front of the courthouse.
an unmarked grave. Thirty-five years later Childress County was named in his honor.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 278.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 29° 18.195′ N, 94° 47.401′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Moody Avenue and Winnie Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 Moody Ave, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exploration (here, next to this marker); Texas Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] Early History (a few steps from this marker); Dignified Resignation (a few steps from this marker); Texas Revolution and Civil War (a few steps from this marker); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin (a few steps from this marker); Rabbi Henry Cohen (a few steps from this marker); Galveston County Communities (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  George Campbell Childress. (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 716 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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