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Palestine in Anderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John H. Reagan

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
1. John H. Reagan Marker
Inscription.  John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s, he held several public offices in Nacogdoches County, and in 1847 obtained a law license and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He moved to Palestine in 1851 and opened a law office in his home. He was elected Texas 9th Judicial District Judge in 1852.

Reagan, elected U.S. Congressman in 1857, resigned in 1861 over what he believed was a Federal takeover of states' rights. He served as Postmaster General of the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was captured by Federal troops in 1865 and imprisoned for 18 months. He returned to Texas in 1866 and established a family farm near Palestine at the former site of Ft. Houston.

During his later tenure as a U.S. Congressman (1876-1887) and U.S. Senator (1887-1891), Reagan led the fight that brought railroad monopolies under Federal control with the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887. In 1891, he became the first Chairman of the Texas Railroad
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By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
2. John H. Reagan Marker
Commission, a position he held until 1901.

Reagan died of pneumonia on March 6, 1905. The entire Texas Legislative Assembly attended his funeral.
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8803.)
 
Location. 31° 45.469′ N, 95° 37.524′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Park Avenue and Crockett Road (U.S. 287), on the right when traveling west on East Park Avenue. Marker is located at the southeast corner of Reagan Park, near the John H. Reagan Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John H. Reagan Monument (here, next to this marker); Roy B. Wallace (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Bonner Frizzell (about 700 feet away); Robert (Bob) Knight (about 700 feet away); Palestine High School (about 700 feet away); Palestine Salt Works C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away); Micham Main (approx. half a mile away); Anderson County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally placed in 1994 and was restored in 2006.
 
Also see . . .  Reagan, John Henninger - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
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Internet Archive
3. John Henninger Reagan
from Gen. Robert Edward Lee by Robert Alonzo Block, 1897.
 
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   3. submitted on July 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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