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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Richard Bennett Hubbard

(1832-1901)

 
 
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By Randal B. Gilbert, December 13, 2015
1. Richard Bennett Hubbard Marker
Inscription. Georgia native Richard Bennett Hubbard came to Texas in 1853 and set up a law practice in Tyler with B. T. Selman, later a state senator. Politically active, Hubbard became a leading spokesman for the Democratic Party. His early career in government included service as U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1857-59, and state legislator, 1859-61.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Hubbard raised a battalion, which later became the 22nd Texas Infantry Regiment. He was the only colonel of the unit, which participated in the 1864 Battle of Mansfield, La., as well as other skirmishes. After the war he returned to Tyler but found his law practice restricted by the Reconstruction government. As a result, he turned his attention to railroads and was instrumental in the early development of area rail lines.

Hubbard was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1873. Three years later he became Governor when Richard Coke resigned the office to serve as U. S. Senator. An ambassador to Japan in the administration of President Grover Cleveland, Hubbard was noted for his oratorical ability and his devotion to public service. His leadership was instrumental in Texas' growth during the latter part of the 19th century.
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Richard Bennett Hubbard Marker and Oakwood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 13, 2015
2. Richard Bennett Hubbard Marker and Oakwood Cemetery
7736.)
 
Location. 32° 21.217′ N, 95° 18.55′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Line Street and North Ellis Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is approximately 290 feet west of the Line St gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 West Line Street, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oakwood Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge Stockton P. Donley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Patterson Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Tyler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marvin Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Bryan Marsh / Texas Civil War Manufacturing (approx. half a mile away); Tyler Public Library (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tyler.
 
More about this marker. This is an old cemetery and the driveways are very narrow. The cemetery has electric gates that lock at dusk and open at dawn.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Richard Bennett Hubbard Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 13, 2015
3. Richard Bennett Hubbard Tombstone
Richard Bennett Hubbard image. Click for full size.
By Unknown photographer, circa 1890
4. Richard Bennett Hubbard
Image of Hubbard made around 1890 after he had returned from his four year service as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Image courtesy of the Smith County Historical Society - Archives Collection, 125 S. College, Tyler, Texas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas.   4. submitted on December 15, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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