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Beeville in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Barnard E. Bee, Sr.

August 23, 1787 - April 9, 1853

Barnard Elliott Bee, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 6, 2019
1. Barnard Elliott Bee, Sr. Marker
Inscription.  Statesman, soldier and ambassador, Barnard Elliot Bee, Sr., was a significant figure during Texas’ years as a republic (1836-45). He was born in South Carolina to federal judge, Thomas Bee, and Susannah (Bulline) Bee. In 1809, he married Ann Wragg Fayssoux, with whom he had five daughters and two sons. Bee studied law, but never practiced, instead serving as a Colonel on the staff of South Carolina Governor James Hamilton.

Bee moved his family to Texas in 1836, joining the Republic of Texas Army, which he served for several months until ordered to examine the coast to ascertain proper sites for the erection of forts. He left the army to become the Republic of Texas’ first Secretary of the Treasury. The next year, Bee became the Republic’s Secretary of War and in 1839, he was appointed as Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico. As a diplomat, he sought Mexico’s recognition of Texas Independence, though the proposal was rejected. Later that year, Bee became Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States; in that role, he negotiated with Daniel Webster and settled the 1843 treaty by which the U.S. recognized Texas. Bee also entered into talks
Barnard Elliott Bee, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 6, 2019
2. Barnard Elliott Bee, Sr. Marker
Marker is the leftmost of the three markers visible in this photo.
with Spain, negotiating free trade between Texas and Cuba.

Barnard Bee retired from public life to Brazoria. Because of his expansionist view of Texas, he returned to South Carolina after the 1845 annexation, where he lived in Pendleton until his death. One of Col. Bee’s sons, Hamilton P. Bee, was instrumental in the naming of Bee County (est. 1857) after his father. Today, Barnard E. Bee, Sr.’s legacy continues to impact Texas through his diplomatic and military contributions. Both Bee County and Beeville, Texas honor him with their names.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16421.)
Location. 28° 24.094′ N, 97° 44.903′ W. Marker is in Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is on West Corpus Christi Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 West Corpus Christi Street, Beeville TX 78102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beeville on the Poesta (here, next to this marker); Bee County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Douglas A4 Skyhawk (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brick Building on Square (within shouting distance of this
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marker); Praeger Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial National Bank (about 400 feet away); Beeville Post Office (about 500 feet away); McClanahan House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
Also see . . .  Bee, Barnard Elliott, Sr. - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on April 18, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
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