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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gerald-Harris Shooting

(November 19, 1897)

 
 
Gerald-Harris Shooting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
1. Gerald-Harris Shooting Marker
Inscription.  James W. Harris (1863-1897), editor of Waco's "Times -Herald" and Judge George Bruce Gerald (1836-1914) argued over an article the Judge wrote. It supported William Cowper Brann's controversial magazine, "The Iconoclast", which denounced, among other things, Baptists and Baylor University. After a fist fight which Harris won, the Judge distributed a handbill branding Harris "a liar, coward and cur" and challenged him to a duel. Harris and his brother met Judge Gerald near this intersection in a pistol battle. The Harrises were killed and the Judge wounded. Judge Gerald won reelection in 1900.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2171.)
 
Location. 31° 33.47′ N, 97° 7.852′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of Austin Avenue and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling south on Austin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brann-Davis Shootings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Courthouses of McLennan County
Gerald-Harris Shooting Marker is near tree, below blue banner in photo. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
2. Gerald-Harris Shooting Marker is near tree, below blue banner in photo.
(about 800 feet away); McLennan County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. mile away); Jacob de Cordova (approx. mile away); Waco Spring (approx. mile away); First Baptist Church of Waco (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
Also see . . .  William Cowper Brann article in Handbook of Texas. The article describes the controversy and the shootings. (Submitted on June 24, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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