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William Menefee

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, February 18, 2019
1. William Menefee Marker
Inscription.  William L. Menefee, born ca. 1796 in Knox County, Tennessee, served in the Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812. He studied law and was admitted to the bar sometime prior to 1824 when he moved to Alabama. In 1830 he and his wife Agnes (Sutherland) and their seven children moved to Jackson County, Texas.

Menefee became involved in Texas' affairs with Mexico and represented Lavaca County as a delegate to the conventions of 1832 and 1833. In 1835 he represented Austin municipality at the consultation at San Felipe and later served as a member of the general council of the provisional government of Texas.

Menefee was elected Colorado municipality's first chief justice in 1836. On March 2, 1836, he was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. In late 1836 Menefee was appointed Colorado County's first county judge by Republic of Texas President Sam Houston. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1837, he was one of five congressmen chosen to select the site for the Texas Capitol. An unsuccessful candidate for the Republic of Texas vice-presidency in 1841, he later served as Fayette County's state representative
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from 1853 to 1857. He died on October 29, 1875, and is buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Incise in base: Researched by James G. Hopkins

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Sponsered by Xi Chi Kappa Columbus Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi
 
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3332.)
 
Location. 29° 42.383′ N, 96° 32.396′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is on Walnut Street (U.S. 90), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the north end of the courthouse square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Spring Street, Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colorado County (within shouting distance of this marker); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (within shouting distance of this marker); Colorado County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); District Court Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus State Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Ehrenwerth-Ramsey-Untermeyer Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rangers of Austin's Colony (about 300 feet away); Tumlinson Family (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
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 Menefee, William - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 28, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
 
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