Henry Jacob Lutcher Stark
On December 8, 1887, Henry Jacob Lutcher Stark was born in Orange to William H. and Miriam H. (Lutcher) Stark. His maternal grandfather, Henry J. Lutcher, had amassed wealth as a co-founder of the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company and as a landowner with gas and oil interests. Under William Stark, the company continued to prosper, and when Lutcher Stark graduated from the University of Texas in 1910, he joined his family in their lumber empire. Although known to live modestly, he was ranked Texas' wealthiest man by the 1920s. He succeeded in a variety of business ventures, including banking, real estate, manufacturing, insurance and the petroleum industry.
Governor W.P. Hobby appointed Lutcher Stark to the Texas Board of Regents in 1919. He served for 24 years, including 12 as chair. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Baylor University and Southwestern University (Memphis, TN) in the 1930s, and was recognized in the University of Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1958.
Lutcher Stark collected art, rare books and other historical items, many of which he donated to Orange's Stark Museum of Art and to the University of Texas. He established a foundation and made significant contributions to educational and charitable groups throughout his life. He also served on various boards and as an officer for numerous local businesses,
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13021.)
Location. 30° 5.555′ N, 93° 44.17′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on Sixth Street north of Main Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange TX 77630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Jacob Lutcher (here, next to this marker); History of Rotary International (here, next to this marker); History of Orange, Texas Rotary Club (a few steps from this marker); Leonard Frederick Benckenstein (within shouting distance of this marker); W.H. Stark House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Henry Stark (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church of Orange (about 600 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
More about this marker. Located in the Stark Park
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons •
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