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Corsicana in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jose Antonio Navarro

 
 
Jose Antonio Navarro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
1. Jose Antonio Navarro Marker
Inscription. Lover of liberty. Foe of despotism. Born in San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 1795. Died January 13, 1871 and buried there. Member of the Legislature of Coahuila and Texas, 1821; land commissioner of De Witt's colony 1831 and of Bexar District, 1834-1835; signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1838-1839; a commissioner of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841; member of the Constitutional Convention of 1845; senator in the Legislature of Texas, 1846-1849. Navarro County gratefully bears his name. Corsicana was named by him for the isle of his father's birth - Corsica.
 
Erected 1936 by The State of Texas with funds appropiated by the Federal Government to commemorate one hundred years of Texas Independence. (Marker Number 7237.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 32° 5.71′ N, 96° 28.107′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on West Third Avenue near North 13th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the Courthouse south lawn. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Third Avenue, Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Jose Antonio Navarro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. Jose Antonio Navarro Marker
Cast 1936-1938. Dedicated autumn 1938.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navarro County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The Call To Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Ingles Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Corsicana in 1860-1872 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Westminster Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Site of The First Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Corsicana (about 800 feet away); Corsicana City Jail of 1908 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
 
Regarding Jose Antonio Navarro. The sculpture was commissioned by the Texas Centennial Commission to honor Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871), a native Texan lawyer, merchant, and rancher who founded Navarro County and co-created the Republic of Texas. Navarro named the County seat Corsicana after his father's birthplace, Corsica. While on an expedition to Sante Fe, Navarro was captured by Mexican soldiers and given a life sentence for treason. He escaped in 1845 and upon his return to Texas was elected as a delegate to the Convention which approved the annexation of Texas and drafted the Constitution.
For additional information see "Navarro County History," Navarro County Historical Society, 1975. IAS files contain excerpts from Joseph Martin Dawson's "Jose Antonio Navarro, Co-Creator
Jose Antonio Navarro Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
3. Jose Antonio Navarro Sculpture
Smithsonian American Art Museum Inventory of American Sculpture Control Number TX000957
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.
Allie Victoria Tennant, 1898-1971, sculptor.
F. Cargant Sons Foundry, founder.
of Texas," pg. 115; and Walter Prescott Webb's "The Handbook of Texas, Volume II," Austin: The Texas State Historical Association, 1952, pg. 262-263; and an article from the Corsicana Daily Sun, Feb. 21, 1993, pg. 1C and 8C.
(Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum)
 
Also see . . .  Josť Antonio Baldemero Navarro. ... he was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and served as elected Senator in the Congress of the Republic of Texas. ... (Submitted on February 7, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Jose Antonio Navarro Marker and County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
4. Jose Antonio Navarro Marker and County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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