Born in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 1804. Died in Galveston, Texas, October 6, 1841. Before coming to Texas in December 1835, he assisted in raising funds and securing volunteers for the Army of Texas. Delegate from the Municipality of Milam to the Constitutional Convention held here from March 1 to 17, 1836. Chairman of the Committee of Five which drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence. Appointed by President Burnet March 19, 1836, agent of Texas at Washington to secure the recognition of the sovereignty and independence of Texas by the United States.
Erected by the State of Texas 1936 with funds appropriated by the Federal Government to commemorate one hundred years of Texas Independence.