In Memory of Col. John Coffee Hays

In Memory of Col. John Coffee Hays (HM11CA)

Location: Piedmont, CA 94611 Alameda County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 49.901', W 122° 14.352'

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1-28-1817 · 4-21-1883

Born near Little Cedar Lick, Wilson County, Tennessee. Lived in Mississippi, where he learned surveying. Joined Republic of Texas Army in May, 1836, and served 3 years in ranger/spy companies. Gained fame as an Indian fighter while surveyor for Bexar County, Texas. In 1840, age 23, appointed Captain of Rangers, later a Major. Was in more than 40 Indian/Mexican fights, including Plum Creek, Bandera Pass, Battle of Salado, Enchanted Rock and Painted Rocks.

As Colonel of 1st Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers, Mexican War, fought under Taylor and Scott at Monterrey, Veracruz, Puebla, and Mexico City.

Married Susan Calvert (1829-1913, a native of Alabama who is interred here) at Seguin, Texas. Arrived in California, 1849, San Francisco, 1850. Appointed City Marshal and elected first sheriff of the city. Resigned during second term to be U.S. Surveyor General of California. Had land, bank, and utility interests in Bay Area and became developer of Oakland. Died at his ranch near Piedmont.

Captain "Jack" is recognized as the ideal Texas Ranger, a model for all Texas Rangers since 1840. Men who later became governors and generals served under him.

In grateful recognition of his military and law enforcement services to the Republic of Texas, the United States, and particularly the states of Texas and California, this plaque is dedicated by:

The Former Texas Rangers Association
The Council on America's Military Past - U.S.A.
The California State Sheriffs' Association
HM NumberHM11CA
Placed ByThe Former Texas Rangers Association; The Council on America's Military Past - USA; The California State Sheriffs' Association
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 566949 N 4187412
Decimal Degrees37.83168333, -122.23920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.901', W 122° 14.352'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 54.06" N, 122° 14' 21.12" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 174 Moraga Ave, Piedmont CA 94611, US
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