Jacob De Cordova

Jacob De Cordova (HM1S91)

Location: Waco, TX 76701 McLennan County
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N 31° 33.646', W 97° 7.692'

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(June 6, 1808 - January 26, 1868)

Born to a Jewish family in Spanishtown, Jamaica, British West Indies, Jacob De Cordova immigrated to Philadelphia about 1830. After a brief return to Jamaica where he founded a newspaper, he became engaged in trade between New Orleans and Texas. He and his brother Phineas (1819-1903) opened a shop in Galveston in 1837, then Jacob moved to Houston to establish a highly successful land agency.
     When Gavleston's John S. Sydnor (1812-1869) acquired a large tract of land here on the Brazos River's west bank in 1847, De Cordova was retained to survey and sell the property. He in turn hired George Bernard Erath (1813-1891) to conduct the survey. By 1848 De Cordova obtained control of the tract and journeyed here with Erath to lay out the town of Waco. About 1849 De Cordova also was retained to sell a vast tract near here on the east bank of the Brazos River.
     De Cordova donated several lots to the new town, including this Waco Spring site, the common square, and sites for numerous schools and churches. He died while formulating a scheme to industrialize the Brazos River Valley and was buried at Kimball in Bosque County (about 45 mi. NW). In 1935 De Cordova's remains were moved to the state cemetery in Austin.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
HM NumberHM1S91
Marker Number2708
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 677653 N 3493270
Decimal Degrees31.56076667, -97.12820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.646', W 97° 7.692'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 38.76" N, 97° 7' 41.52" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Waco Riverwalk, Waco TX 76701, US
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