Brann-Davis Shootings

Brann-Davis Shootings (HM1LDY)

Location: Waco, TX 76701 McLennan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 33.422', W 97° 7.826'

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(April 1, 1898)

The city of Waco in the 1890s divided into two armed camps over the caustic criticisms of William Cowper Brann (1855-1898) in his magazine, "The Iconoclast". A gifted writer, Brann attacked many organizations, especially Baptists and Baylor University. This controversy sparked a duel in 1897 between Judge George Bruce Gerald and James W. Harris. A Baylor partisan, Tom E. Davis, met Brann here, within a half block of the earlier fight, and shot him with a Colt .45 revolver. Brann returned the fire. Both men died the following day from their wounds.
Marker Number490
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 677448 N 3492853
Decimal Degrees31.55703333, -97.13043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.422', W 97° 7.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 25.32" N, 97° 7' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 S 4th St, Waco TX 76701, US
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