Thomas William House

Thomas William House (HM276X)

Location: Houston, TX 77002 Harris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 45.671', W 95° 22.084'

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(March 4, 1814 - January 17, 1880)

A native of Stoke St. Gregory in Somersetshire, England, T.W. House emigrated to the United States in May 1835. A baker by trade, he soon was employed by the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans. By 1838 he had moved to Houston and established the company of House and Loveridge, Bakers and Confectioners.

Destined to become one of Houston's most influential citizens, House soon expanded his business interests to include general merchandise, cotton brokerage, and banking. He helped organize the Houston and Galveston Navigation Company; promoted the city's first street railway; organized the Houston Gas Light Company; and was a director and stockholder in several railroad companies, including the Houston and Texas Central.

House was elected a city alderman in 1857 and 1861, and in 1862 became mayor of Houston. Eventually, his business empire grew to include properties in at least 63 Texas counties, the most notable being his sugar plantation near Arcola in Fort Bend County.

Married to Mary Elizabeth Shearn (1822-1870), House was the father of eight children, including Edward Mandell House (1858-1938), principal advisor to President Woodrow Wilson during World War I. Thomas William House is buried in Houston's Glenwood Cemetery.
HM NumberHM276X
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 271027 N 3294672
Decimal Degrees29.76118333, -95.36806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 45.671', W 95° 22.084'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 45' 40.26" N, 95° 22' 5.04" W
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Area Code(s)713, 832, 210, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 411-499 Rusk St, Houston TX 77002, US
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