William Jefferson Jones

William Jefferson Jones (HMXXL)

Location: Texas City, TX 77590 Galveston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 23.895', W 94° 53.565'

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(September 27, 1810 - May 5, 1897)

Virginia native William Jefferson Jones received his license to practice law at age 19. He was an associate of Mirabeau B. Lamar, future president of the Republic of Texas, in a Georgia newspaper enterprise. Urged by Lamar to move to Texas, Jones traveled to Galveston in 1837 and in 1839 joined Lamar's military campaign to remove the Cherokee Indians from East Texas.

Chosen as associate justice to the Texas Republic's first Supreme Court about 1840, Jones would later render the court's second decision. He married Elizabeth Giberson in 1841 and moved to Columbus in Colorado County to serve as district judge. He retired about 1852 and came to Virginia Point where he became the first person to successfully harvest valuable sea-island cotton in Texas and make use of its cottonseed oil.

With William R. Smith in 1853, and again with his son, Walter C., in 1885, Jones produced plans for a city at Virginia Point. Although his proposals failed he is nevertheless credited with being among the first to envision the potential for a deep water port city on Galveston's mainland. Jones, whose generous land terms led to the development of La Marque's post-Civil War African American Highland Station community, is buried in Galveston's Lakeview Cemetery.
Marker Number7499
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 316339 N 3253599
Decimal Degrees29.39825000, -94.89275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 23.895', W 94° 53.565'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 23' 53.70" N, 94° 53' 33.90" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300-1398 Bay St N, Texas City TX 77590, US
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