Gerald-Harris Shooting

Gerald-Harris Shooting (HM1LDZ)

Location: Waco, TX 76701 McLennan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 33.47', W 97° 7.852'

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(November 19, 1897)

James W. Harris (1863-1897), editor of Waco's "Times -Herald" and Judge George Bruce Gerald (1836-1914) argued over an article the Judge wrote. It supported William Cowper Brann's controversial magazine, "The Iconoclast", which denounced, among other things, Baptists and Baylor University. After a fist fight which Harris won, the Judge distributed a handbill branding Harris "a liar, coward and cur" and challenged him to a duel. Harris and his brother met Judge Gerald near this intersection in a pistol battle. The Harrises were killed and the Judge wounded. Judge Gerald won reelection in 1900.
Marker Number2171
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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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 677405 N 3492941
Decimal Degrees31.55783333, -97.13086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.47', W 97° 7.852'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 28.2" N, 97° 7' 51.12" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 381 Austin Ave, Waco TX 76701, US
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