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Anahuac in Chambers County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Robert McAlpin Williamson

(1804-1859)

 

A hero of colonial struggle at Anahuac

 
Robert McAlpin Williamson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 1, 2015
1. Robert McAlpin Williamson Marker
Inscription. Crippled by disease at 15, with a leg permanently bent at the knee, wore a pegleg which like his two natural legs was covered with his trousers. Hence he was nicknamed "Three-Legged Willie."

Settled in Texas in 1827 to practice law. Here at Fort Anahuac in 1832, he made an heroic stand against the commandant, Juan Davis Bradburn, who had jailed his client and friend, Patrick C. Jack, and William Barret Travis (later Alamo commander). Bradburn and associates made a false agreement to exchange Jack and Travis for Mexican soldiers captured earlier by Williamson's men. Following a confrontation, Bradburn at last gave up the Texans, resigned his command, and left Fort Anahuac. But after this betrayal, Williamson took up cause of Texas independence, fighting with words and then with arms at Battle of San Jacinto.

A district judge and a justice of first Supreme Court of the Republic (1836-39), he also served as a lawmaker, 5th through 9th Congresses (1840-45). In a noted episode, a ruffian is said to have drawn a Bowie knife, saying, "This is the law," but Judge Williamson covered it with his pistol, declaring, "This is the constitution which overrules the law."
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9140.)
 
Location.
Robert McAlpin Williamson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 1, 2015
2. Robert McAlpin Williamson Marker
The marker on the right is Fort Anahuac, the one on the left is Robert McAlpin Williamson
29° 45.345′ N, 94° 41.276′ W. Marker is in Anahuac, Texas, in Chambers County. Marker is at the intersection of Unnamed roads within the park and Unnamed roads within the park on Unnamed roads within the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anahuac TX 77514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Anahuac (here, next to this marker); Juan Davis Bradburn (within shouting distance of this marker); William Barret Travis (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Anahuac (within shouting distance of this marker); Round Point (approx. 1 miles away); Birthplace of Governor Ross Shaw Sterling (1875-1949) (approx. 3.2 miles away); Turtle Bayou Resolutions (approx. 6 miles away); Chambers County Youth Project Show (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anahuac.
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 72 times this year. Last updated on October 31, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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