Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Peter W. Grayson
Peter Wagener Grayson was born in 1788 in Bardstown, Virginia (later part of Kentucky) to Benjamin and Caroline (Taylor) Grayson, members of a politically prominent family. He served in the War of 1812 and worked in Louisville as an attorney, businessman and legislator. Well-spoken in legal matters and also a poet, he nevertheless amassed substantial debts and privately combated mental illness. In 1830, Grayson wrote to Stephen F. Austin about acquiring land in Texas, and by 1832 he had established a plantation near Matagorda. He also became a friend and advisor to Austin.
During Austin's imprisonment in Mexico City in 1834, Grayson and Spencer Jack went there with petitions in hopes of freeing the empresario. In December 1834, they secured Austin's bail, although he was not free to leave until the following summer. Settlers began preparations for revolution soon after Austin returned to Texas, and Grayson worked with him to outline an independent government. Grayson also served as president of the Council of War and aide-de-camp to both Austin and Gen. Edward Burleson. After Texas' victory at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836,
Grayson went with others to Washington, D.C. to gain recognition of the Texas Republic and discuss annexation to the United States, but the efforts were unsuccessful. He served as Texas Attorney General and as naval agent, and was Sam Houston's candidate for the Texas presidency in 1838. On July 9 of that year, though, while traveling through Tennessee, Grayson took his life, leaving a note that has previous mental illness had returned. In 1846, following the eventful annexation of Texas to the United States, the Texas Legislature created Grayson County, naming it for the Texas patriot.
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12955.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 38.176′ N, 96° 36.567′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Street (State Highway 56) and Travis Street, on the left when traveling west on Houston Street. Marker is on the northeast grounds of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Houston Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (a few steps from this marker); Home County of Conservationist Allison Mayfield (a few steps from this marker); Grayson County (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Texas Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Eleventh Texas Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker); President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County (within shouting distance of this marker); Grayson County C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sherman.
Also see . . .
1. Peter Wagener Grayson. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Peter W. Grayson at Find A Grave. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.