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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Clara Driscoll

April 2, 1881 – July 17, 1945

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By Keith Peterson, July 8, 2007
1. Clara Driscoll Marker
Inscription. Patriot, philanthropist, writer, public figure, born at St. Mary’s, Refugio County; daughter of Robert and Julia Fox Driscoll, and descendant of a hero of San Jacinto; was educated in Texas, New York and France.

In 1903 came her finest hour. When the public was shocked at plans for destroying the Alamo in San Antonio, she saved the shrine by buying it to give the State of Texas time to redeem and preserve it.

In 1905-06 she published two novels, “The Girl of La Gloria” and “In the Shadow of the Alamo”, and had on Broadway a musical comedy, “Mexicana.” In 1922 organized the Pan-American Round Table in Austin; served as Democratic National Committee woman from Texas, 1928-1944; was President of Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Big Bend Park Association and Corpus Christi Bank and Trust Company.

This headquarters building of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs is a monument to her generosity, for her 1939 gift of $92,000 paid off debts against it. In 1943 she gave her Austin home, Laguna Gloria to the Texas Fine Arts Association for a museum.

She died in Corpus Christi, leaving the bulk of her estate to a foundation for the care of crippled and diseased children.
Erected 1967 by the State Historical Survey Commission
Clara Driscoll Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 8, 2007
2. Clara Driscoll Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance to the building in this view.
. (Marker Number 6461.)
Location. 30° 17.271′ N, 97° 44.883′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on San Gabriel Street just south of West 24th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2312 San Gabriel St, Austin TX 78705, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Edmund and Emily Miller House (approx. ¼ mile away); Gerhard-Schoch House (approx. ¼ mile away); Goodall Wooten House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Denny-Holliday House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Littlefield Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hugh B. Hancock House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Edward Mandell House Home (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
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Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online - Clara Driscoll. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Categories. Notable PersonsPatriots & Patriotism
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