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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Colonel Richard B. Hubbard / Governor R. B. Hubbard

Colonel Richard B. Hubbard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, December 12, 2015
1. Colonel Richard B. Hubbard Marker
South or front face of the marker.
Inscription.  (south face)
School named for Texas Confederate
Colonel Richard B. Hubbard

Georgia-born, came to Texas 1853. Tyler lawyer, politician. State legislator. Raised 5th Tex. Inf. Bn., merged 1862 in Hubbard's Regt., 22nd Tex. Inf. In 1863 campaign to stop split of South on the Mississippi River, unit helped relieve Vicksburg Siege. Interrupted supplies for Federals, gave military support to drovers pushing cattle across river to Confederates. Regt. fought in 1864 Red River campaign to stop invasion Texas.

(north face)
Governor R.B. Hubbard

Famed for statesmanship since 1856. Was known as “Demosthenes of Texas” for his oratory. Voice carried for miles. 1874, he helped overturn Texas carpetbagger regime. His speech at 1876 Philadelphia centennial brought stream of migration to Texas. As Governor, 1876-79 he saw to suppression of land frauds, reduction of state debt, reorganization of penal system, called for an ample judiciary, improved law enforcement to the extent of stopping such badmen as Sam Bass. Gave boosts to railroad building in Texas.
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Aptly, a railroad locomotive was named for him. His celebrated weight was rumored to be over 400 pounds. An oversized tub had to be installed for him in the Governor’s Mansion. Yet he was courtly, fast-stepping, vigorous. Ambassador to Japan, 1885-89, he negotiated first U.S. extradition treaty with Japan. Lifetime honors included virtually every party office. As a public man he sought to honor ideals of the original Republic.
Erected 1965 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 7734.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil.
Location. 32° 17.974′ N, 95° 17.243′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Hubbard Drive west of Chad Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in front of the Hubbard Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Hubbard Drive, Tyler TX 75703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Thomas Glover Pollard, Sr. (approx. one mile away); Tyler Junior College (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ordnance Plant (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rudolph Bergfeld (approx.
Colonel Richard B. Hubbard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, December 12, 2015
2. Colonel Richard B. Hubbard Marker
North or rear face of the marker.
2.4 miles away); Site of Confederate Arms Factory (approx. 2.8 miles away); Woman's Building (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Connally Home (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tyler.
Colonel Richard B. Hubbard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown photographer, circa 1863
3. Colonel Richard B. Hubbard
Hubbard had the reputation as being the largest governor of Texas. In this 1863 image of him as Colonel of the 22nd Texas Infantry, he clearly was not a "starving Confederate."
Image courtesy of the Smith County Historical Society - Archives Collection, 125 S. College, Tyler, Texas
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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