San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez
(1916 - 2000)
Native San Antonian Henry B. Gonzalez spent 45 years in elective public office (city, state, federal) doing what he liked most - serving the people of San Antonio. As his seniority in Congress grew, he developed a greater role in serving the entire country through a number of important committees, culminating in his election as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs - the only San Antonian in history to serve as a major congressional committee chairman. Although many of his efforts brought lasting growth and development to his city, his greatest contribution was his success after a six-year effort to bring a world's fair to downtown San Antonio. This accomplishment resulted in the development of facilities to make San Antonio competitive for large conventions, and greatly increased tourism to his city. It took congressional enactment of his national legislative package in Washington, DC before the world's fair headquarters in Paris, France would make HemisFair'68 the official world's fair for 1968.
Location. 29° 25.362′ N, 98° 29.232′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Alamo Street and Market Street, on the right when traveling north on Alamo Street. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 141st Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); The Torch of Friendship (within shouting distance of this marker); 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Acequias of San Antonio (about 300 feet away); Commerce Street Bridge (about 400 feet away); La Villita (about 400 feet away); St. Joseph's Church (about 400 feet away); Bombach House and Store (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .
1. Henry B. Gonzalez Congressional Bio. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Henry B. Gonzalez. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,437 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.