Thomas William House, Jr.

Thomas William House, Jr. (HM2795)

Location: Houston, TX 77002 Harris County
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N 29° 45.442', W 95° 21.704'

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T. W. House, Jr., was the third of eight children born to Thomas William (1814-1880) and Mary Elizabeth (Shearn) (1822-1870) House. T.W. House, Sr., was an English immigrant who established the T.W. House Bank in 1838 and became mayor of Houston in 1862.

The younger House received his education at the Houston Academy. At age 23 he married Ruth Nicholson (1847-1914); they had six children together, building a home at 1010 Louisiana in downtown Houston.

House served on the Houston City Council from 1880 to 1886. Following his father's death, he became the director and then sole proprietor of the T. W. House Bank. In addition to managing the family business holdings, he was involved in the operation of three Houston utility companies. The T. W. House Bank collapsed during a national bank crisis in 1907. House filed for bankruptcy and the bank property was sold to the First National Bank of Houston.

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed T. W. House, Jr., to the office of Houston postmaster. He served in that position, with his offices located on this site, until 1922. He died in 1923 and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery. The T. W. House Postal Station in Houston Heights was named in his honor.
HM NumberHM2795
Year Placed1998
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 271631 N 3294237
Decimal Degrees29.75736667, -95.36173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 45.442', W 95° 21.704'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 45' 26.52" N, 95° 21' 42.24" 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 1201-1251 Rusk St, Houston TX 77002, US
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