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Washington County
Texas

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Washington County

Index to Locations

  • Brenham Brenham Cemetery
  • Brenham Masonic Cemetery
  • Brenham Prairie Lea Cemetery
  • Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery
  • Independence Old Baylor University Campus
  • Independence Old Independence Cemetery
  • Washington Washington Cemetery
  • Washington Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park


    Brenham Cemetery
    Brenham, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Treat Paine (1812-1872) — of Edenton, Chowan County, N.C.; Austin County, Tex. Born in Edenton, Chowan County, N.C., February 18, 1812. Lawyer; planter; shipbuilder; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of North Carolina state legislature, 1850; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 1855-57. Slaveowner. Died in Galveston, Galveston County, Tex., February 8, 1872 (age 59 years, 355 days). Interment at Brenham Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article


    Masonic Cemetery
    Brenham, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      B. E. Tarver — Texas state attorney general, 1864-65. Interment at Masonic Cemetery.


    Prairie Lea Cemetery
    Brenham, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      James Paul Buchanan (1867-1937) — also known as James P. Buchanan — of Brenham, Washington County, Tex. Born in Midway, Barnwell District (now Bamberg County), S.C., April 30, 1867. Democrat. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1906-13; U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1913-37; died in office 1937. Died in Washington, D.C., February 22, 1937 (age 69 years, 298 days). Interment at Prairie Lea Cemetery.
      Relatives: Cousin *** of Edward William Pou (1863-1934).
      Buchanan Dam on the Colorado River, and Lake Buchanan, in Burnet and Llano counties, Texas, are named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      De Witt Clinton Giddings (1827-1903) — also known as D. C. Giddings — of Brenham, Washington County, Tex. Born in Susquehanna County, Pa., July 18, 1827. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1866; U.S. Representative from Texas, 1872-75, 1877-79 (3rd District 1872-75, 5th District 1877-79); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1888; delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Texas, 1896. Member, United Confederate Veterans. Died in Brenham, Washington County, Tex., August 19, 1903 (age 76 years, 32 days). Interment at Prairie Lea Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: DeWitt Clinton
      Relatives: Son of James Giddings (1780-1863) and Lucy (Demming) Giddings (1783-1861); married 1860 to Malinda C. Lusk (1836-1869).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Masonic Cemetery
    Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas

    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Edward Travis (1829-1860) — also known as Charles E. Travis — Born in Alabama, August 8, 1829. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1853-54. Court-martialed and discharged from the U.S. Cavalry, on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, based on incidents of alleged slander, unauthorized absence, and cheating at cards. Died, of consumption (tuberculosis) in Washington County, Tex., 1860 (age about 30 years). Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Rosanna (Cato) Travis and William Barret Travis (1809-1836).
    Other politicians who have monuments here:
      Isaac Montgomery (1776-1861) — of Gibson County, Ind. Born in Montgomery County, Va., October 25, 1776. Common pleas court judge in Indiana, 1813; member of Indiana territorial House of Representatives, 1813; member of Indiana state senate, 1817-20, 1823-29; candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1828; probate judge in Indiana, 1830-32; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1840. Presbyterian. Died in Sempronius, Austin County, Tex., July 15, 1861 (age 84 years, 263 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Austin County, Tex.; cenotaph at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Uncle of William Montgomery (c.1801-1893) and Jacob Warwick Montgomery.
      Political family: Montgomery family of Gibson County, Indiana.


    Old Baylor University Campus
    Independence, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians formerly buried here:
      Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor (1793-1874) — also known as Robert E. B. Baylor — Born in Lincoln County, Ky., May 10, 1793. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1819-20; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1824; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 1829-31; judge of Texas Republic, 1841-45; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1845; district judge in Texas, 1845-60. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. One of the founders, in 1845, of Baylor University, and of Baylor Female College (now the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). Slaveowner. Died in Gay Hill, Washington County, Tex., January 6, 1874 (age 80 years, 241 days). Original interment at Old Baylor University Campus; reinterment in 1886 at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Campus, Belton, Tex.
      Relatives: Nephew of Jesse Bledsoe (1776-1836).
      Political family: Brown-Breckinridge family of Lexington, Kentucky (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Baylor University, Waco, Texas, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Old Independence Cemetery
    Independence, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      James Willie (1823-1865) — of Texas. Born in Wilkes County, Ga., January 5, 1823. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1846; Texas state attorney general, 1856-58; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in Houston, Harris County, Tex., 1865 (age about 42 years). Interment at Old Independence Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Asa Hoxie Willie (1829-1899).


    Washington Cemetery
    Washington, Washington County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      John William Smith (1792-1845) — also known as John W. Smith; William John Smith; "El Colorado" — of Ralls County, Mo.; San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex. Born in Virginia, March 4, 1792. Ralls County Sheriff and Tax Collector, 1823-26; merchant; surveyor; served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; mayor of San Antonio, Tex., 1837-38, 1840-41, 1842-44; member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Bexar, 1842-45; died in office 1845. Catholic. In 1836, he was the last messenger from the Alamo, San Antonio Tex., before it fell to the Mexican Army in the battle there. Died, probably of pneumonia, in Washington, Washington County, Tex., January 12, 1845 (age 52 years, 314 days). Original interment at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park; reinterment at Washington Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Smith and Isabel Smith; married 1821 to Harriet Stone; married 1830 to Maria de Jesús Delgado Curbelo.
      See also Wikipedia article
      Asa Brigham (1790-1844) — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Massachusetts, 1790. Delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Brazoria, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; treasurer of Texas Republic, 1836; mayor of Austin, Tex., 1842-43. Died in Washington, Washington County, Tex., July 3, 1844 (age about 54 years). Original interment at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park; reinterment at Washington Cemetery.


    Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
    Washington, Washington County, Texas

    Politicians formerly buried here:
      John William Smith (1792-1845) — also known as John W. Smith; William John Smith; "El Colorado" — of Ralls County, Mo.; San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex. Born in Virginia, March 4, 1792. Ralls County Sheriff and Tax Collector, 1823-26; merchant; surveyor; served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; mayor of San Antonio, Tex., 1837-38, 1840-41, 1842-44; member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Bexar, 1842-45; died in office 1845. Catholic. In 1836, he was the last messenger from the Alamo, San Antonio Tex., before it fell to the Mexican Army in the battle there. Died, probably of pneumonia, in Washington, Washington County, Tex., January 12, 1845 (age 52 years, 314 days). Original interment at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park; reinterment at Washington Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Smith and Isabel Smith; married 1821 to Harriet Stone; married 1830 to Maria de Jesús Delgado Curbelo.
      See also Wikipedia article
      Asa Brigham (1790-1844) — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Massachusetts, 1790. Delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Brazoria, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; treasurer of Texas Republic, 1836; mayor of Austin, Tex., 1842-43. Died in Washington, Washington County, Tex., July 3, 1844 (age about 54 years). Original interment at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park; reinterment at Washington Cemetery.
    Other politicians who have monuments here:
      George Campbell Childress (1804-1841) — also known as George C. Childress — of Texas. Born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., January 8, 1804. Lawyer; delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Milam, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836. Killed himself with a Bowie knife, in Galveston, Galveston County, Tex., October 6, 1841 (age 37 years, 271 days). Interment at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Galveston, Tex.; statue at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.
      Childress County, Tex. is named for him.
      The World War II Liberty ship SS George C. Childress (built 1943 at Houston, Texas; sold and renamed SS K. Hadjipateras; sunk during a storm in the Bay of Bengal, 1967) was originally named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial

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