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Jefferson in Marion County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Captain William Perry

(April 5, 1813 - January 2, 1869)

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
1. Captain William Perry Marker
Inscription. William Perry was among the first settlers of Jefferson, arriving ca. 1840. Through his shipping business and his work in dredging a turning basin for ships in the Big Cypress Bayou, he played a significant role in the early growth and development of Jefferson as an inland port. He bought and developed large tracts of land in the area, becoming quite wealthy in the process.

After traveling to California during the late 1840s gold rush, Perry returned to Jefferson and built a home at the corner of Polk and Clarksville streets for his wife Sardinia (1826-1912) and their children. The home was later moved to 203 Clarksville Street and incorporated with another structure.

In addition to his real estate dealings and shipping interests, Perry owned a hotel which is now a part of the historic Excelsior House. A respected community leader, he served as mayor of Jefferson from 1863 to 1864.

On January 2, 1869, Perry was fatally shot while walking home after midnight. William Perry and his wife, along with other family members, are buried in Jefferson's Oakwood Cemetery.
 
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8076.)
 
Location. 32° 45.349′ N, 94° 20.741′ W. Marker
Captain William Perry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
2. Captain William Perry Marker
is in Jefferson, Texas, in Marion County. Marker is on West Austin Street 0.1 miles west of North Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the Excelsior House Hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 West Austin Street, Jefferson TX 75657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Excelsior House (a few steps from this marker); Jay Gould Railroad Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown-Bender House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Court and Post Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mergenthaler Linotype Typesetting Machine (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Jefferson Lodge Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murphy Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Captain William Perry and Wife Sardenia.
Captain William Perry is renowned for guiding the first steamboat to Jefferson and clearing the Bayou for navigation. Perry was born in Massachusetts in 1813. It is believed that he came to Texas in 1843 and settled in Jefferson in 1846. He married Sardenia H. Smith (1826-1912) that same year. Perry did not serve in the Civil War, but was Mayor of Jefferson during the war years. He was
Captain William Perry Marker (<i>wide view showing Excelsior House in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
3. Captain William Perry Marker (wide view showing Excelsior House in background)
accidentally killed by Federal occupation troops. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Captain William Perry.
Captain William Perry was the first steamboat captain into the Port of Jefferson. Not only was he one of the first settlers of Jefferson, but he played an important role in the growth of the newly incoporated town of Jefferson and the increasingly important Riverport and Turning Basin. He became quite rich from his real estate dealings and eventually built the hotel in Jefferson. That hotel became the Excelsior Hotel which is the second oldest hotel in Texas. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. The Excelsior House Hotel. (Submitted on December 6, 2017.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on December 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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