Beeville in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Beeville Post Oﬃce
Soon after construction began, a tragic incident occurred with great legal implications. J.P. Hermes and Robert B. Brown, both contracted to remove excavated dirt from the foundation, were hostile towards each other, and Brown began carrying a gun to the worksite for protection. On May 7, 1917, before a crowd of witnesses, Hermes threatened Brown with a knife, and Brown pulled out his pistol and shot and killed Hermes then walked to the courthouse and turned himself in. Brown was found guilty of homicide, but the case was later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In an opinion delivered by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the court ruled that Brown had acted in self defense, thus establishing the right to use lethal force when facing a lethal attack.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15808.)
Location. 28° 24.167′ N, 97° 44.92′ W. Marker is in Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Saint Marys Street and West Bowie Street, on the right when traveling south on North Saint Marys Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 North Saint Marys 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. First Brick Building on Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Praeger Building (about 300 feet away); Barnard E. Bee, Sr. (about 500 feet away); Beeville on the Poesta (about 500 feet away); Bee County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Douglas A4 Skyhawk (about 500 feet away); Commercial National Bank (about 600 feet away); McClanahan House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.